The Good Life

Spain, 1996, 107 min, Digital, Dir. David Trueba, Not Rated, In Spanish with English subtitles


Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Aug 18, 2018 2:00 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Aug 19, 2018 1:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Aug 20, 2018 4:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Aug 21, 2018 4:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, Aug 22, 2018 4:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, Aug 23, 2018 4:15 PM


A portrait of the writer as a young man. Tristán Romeo (Fernando Ramallo) is about to turn fifteen and looking forward to his sexual initiation when life deals him a losing hand and he’s left to care for his cantankerous grandfather (the great Luis Cuenca). His particular rite of passage will entail coping with loneliness and sorrow, learning to tread the sinewy road to survival. The seeds of David Trueba’s lifelong concerns are all present in his first film, made the year after he published his first novel, Abierto toda la noche (Open All Night). Here is the melancholy humor laced with an understanding of the choices we make and the price we pay for them.