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Emilio Martínez Lázaro
16 year-old Dario got away from home, running from his familiar hell. Luismi, his unconditional friend, Caralimpia, a poor loser in a winners suit and Antonia, an old lady who collects abandoned furniture in her three-wheeler will become his new family. Three generations meet in a city that's too big to be alone. It's summertime.
Daniel Guzmán's feature debut , being stunningly directed and perfectly played
¨Daniel Guzmán's A Cambio De Nada¨ , a friendship dramedy , produced by Axel Kuschevatzky , Arias Salgado topped Spain's 30th Spanish Academy Goya Awards Saturday night , kudos ceremony that lived up to its status as the widest open of recent years , spreading its plaudits widely . This is a great film , worthy of wider release . Interesting story about two teens , Darío (Miguel Herrán) and the chubby , tall Luismi (Antonio Bachiller) that takes place in a Madrid suburb . Enjoyable look about a pair of adolescents of lower class in suburban barrios and their problems with parents and environment . This is a coming-of-age story in the vein of ¨Barrio ¨, ¨City of God¨ and ¨Kids¨ . Dario is an unadapted and unknown boy for his parents who have marital problems , daddy (a trucker well played by Luis Tosar , as always) and mom (María Miguel) , suffering their separation . His family is distorted , Dario ordinarily discusses his troublesome parents and he , in addition , has problems at school and dedicates his time to sell stolen objects . Dario and Luismi live in a ¨Barrio¨ or "Neighborhood" and both of them want to getaway from it . Their emotional loneliness and isolation to be led to tragic consequences . Its summertime and Dario got away from home , running from his familiar hell . An unfortunate mechanic called Justo Caralimpia (Felipe García Vélez) an old lady named Antonia (Antonia Guzmán , in real life Daniel Guzmán's grandmother) that collects left furniture in her three wheeler will become his new family . Meanwhile , the two teens dedicate themselves their occupations , as Dario as a robbed pieces dealer as well as executing small thefts in malls . Later on , they carry out a big heist with lousy results . At the end takes place an astounding tragedy .
Engaging picture concerning about adolescent life , exclusion , family separation and many other things . The characters live in loneliness , who attempt to avoid by means of friendship and strange unions , as three generations meet in a metropolis that is too big to be alone . ¨Nothing in return¨ is one of several movies dealing with Spanish adolescence and their particularities such as : rude education , jobless , sex , family maladjustment , isolation and delinquency , all of them interwoven with problematic parents-children relationships . This genre achieved splendor during the 70s and early 80s such as ¨Perros Callejeros I and II¨, ¨Perras Callejeras¨ , ¨ Los Ultimos Golpes Del Torete¨, ¨Yo el Vaquilla¨, mostly realized by Jose Antonio De La Loma , ¨Navajeros , "Colegas", "El Pico" by Eloy De La Iglesia and especially ¨Deprisa , Deprisa¨ by Carlos Saura . Seen today , these films are unique documents on how life was lived and perceived during that period . Being notorious in the years of the Spanish transition to democracy including polemic issues and played by unknown young people . Delinquency, and generational problems are the habitual subjects in these films and a very realistic look . Here there is a similar premise , as some hapless teenagers from lower class living hardly in Madrid streets , then they carry out tiny crimes and misdemeanors . We see their troubles with parents ,and police , at the same time growing in such streets , slums or "barrios" from Madrid outskirts and some fine locations . The director creates a sort of Spanish Neo-Realism by tackling the Spanish way of life of a duo of teenagers in the streets from a sociological point of view ; being rightly portrayed the city of Madrid , in the so-called popular Barrios . His style is pretty much urban and realistic as well in the atmosphere as in the fresh dialog and attempted to take a position in favor of outcast people . Filmmaker Daniel Guzmán shows the environment of these ¨barrios" , toughness and cold existence along with some nice scenes when the two boys assemble themselves and deal with jokes , sex , dirty humor and both of whom pull off tiny thefts . The main cast is pretty well , including young and rookie actors . As nice acting by Miguel Herrán as 16 years-old Dario who got away from home , and Antonio Bachiller as Luismi , his unconditional friend . The support cast is formed by experienced players , such as Felipe García Vélez playing the poor looser Justo Caralimpia , Luis Tosar as father and Luis Rellan as teacher . This film achieved several Goyas and nominations . Daniel Guzmán's Nothing in Return¨¨ , obtained six nominations , it competed in the Best Picture category . It won Goya Best New Actor : Miguel Herrán , Best New Director . And won in Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2015 , the following prizes : Golden Biznaga Best Film , Best Director, Best Supporting Actor : Antonio Bachiller.
Colorful and evocative cinematography by Josu Inchaustegui , being filmed on location . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Daniel Guzmán , realizing in realistic style , and being recently available for the first time in the U.S . It took more than five years to be made , between the writing of the screenplay, putting together the money and the actual shot and post production . Daniel Guzmán was born in 1973 , Madrid, location where he often shoots his flicks and shorts . Daniel began working in cinema in the 90s as a secondary actor , filming shorts and writing screenplays . He is a nice writer and director, but especially actor , known for ¨A Golpes¨, ¨Mia Sarah¨, ¨Rewind¨ , ¨El Grito En El Cielo¨ , ¨Extasis¨, ¨Eso¨ , but usually working for TV : ¨Velvet¨, ¨La Familia Mata¨, ¨Aquí no Hay Quien Viva¨, ¨London Street¨ , ¨Policias¨, ¨Severo Ochoa¨, among others .
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