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Nothing in Return (2015)

A cambio de nada (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »


Daniel Guzmán


Daniel Guzmán
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Herrán ... Darío
Antonio Bachiller Antonio Bachiller ... Luismi
Antonia Guzmán ... Antonia
Felipe García Vélez ... Justo Caralimpia
Luis Tosar ... Padre Darío
María Miguel María Miguel ... Madre Darío
Miguel Rellán ... Profesor
Adelfa Calvo ... Madre Luismi
Patricia Santos Patricia Santos ... Alicia
Iris Alpáñez Iris Alpáñez ... Hermana Luismi
Fernando Albizu ... Matías
Manolo Caro ... Empleado Motostión
Assilk Marenoff Assilk Marenoff ... Portero discoteca
Lara Sajen Lara Sajen ... Profesional sexo
Álex Barahona ... Policía taller


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.

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8 May 2015 (Spain) See more »

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Daniel Guzmán's feature debut , being stunningly directed and perfectly played
7 March 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

¨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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