¨La Gran Vida¨or ¨Living It Up¨ is a nice and nutty comedy well starred by Carmelo Gomez and Salma Hayek . This entertaining film packs amusement , slapstick , hilarious incidents , tongue-in-cheek , surrealist comedy including conventional pitfalls and many other things . It tells the story of a bus driver called Martin (Carmelo Gomez)on edge a nervous breakdown , when suddenly a strange man called Salva (Fernando or Chato Valverde) offers him some friendly advice , borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do everything he has ever dreamed of before ending his life , such as to blow on a final round of merrymaking before committing suicide , throwing on a famous bridge in Madrid . While spending the money he falls in love with Mexican waitress named Lola (Salma Hayek) and realizes now he has something to live for . The only problem is that now he has to find a way to pay back the 1 million he owes to the loan sharks . At the end he has to deal with dangerous hoodlums , but having spent the cash he is pursued by the Mafia , taking place fun situations .
This is a slightly funny film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion , twists and a romantic love story ; being originally written by the prestigious screen-writer and filmmaker Fernando Leo De Aranoa . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few ridiculous . It is a special Spanish comedy from the 2000s with the usual ingredients such as wild humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there and the tone of the film is light-hearted . It's an agreeable , moving film , perfectly acted and concerning the narration about the relationship among a botcher driver , a Mexican waitress , a peculiar adviser and Mafia . This is a typical Spanish comedy from the 2000s with the customary ingredients such as silly humor , embarrassing events and close relationships among people , including an enjoyable romance. It turns out to be pleasantly fun that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever ; an exercise in pure amusement in which entertainment and fun are guaranteed . The characters are quite odd , grotesque and weird and the film races on at incredible speed . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly cool . Nice acting Carmelo Gomez as a bus driver who when is on the verge of committing suicide borrows 100 million pesetas , and falls for a Mexican waitress finely performed by Salma Hayek and finds he has something to live for . Special mention to Fernando ¨Chato¨ Valverde as a rare adviser called Salva . Fine support cast such as Eusebio Lazaro , Carlos Bardem , Carlos Kaniowsky , Miguel Ayones , Alicia Agut , Txema Blasco , Pilar López De Ayala and special appearance by the great Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina . On the surface, ¨La Gran Vida¨ doesn't get much wrong , it looks okay , the comedy misunderstandings pile up in a reasonably amusing fashion and the performance is acceptable . My feelings are extremely mixed but I must admit there are things I haven't been able to stop laughing about ; but also has the usual ups and downs .
Including a spotless pictorial as well as colorful cinematography by Nestor Calvo (Atomica , Lobo , Nos Miran , Lobos De Washington , Años Barbaros , Miguel and William) , showing splendidly luxurious places such as Hotels , luxury restaurants and glamorous mansions from Madrid . Lively and catching musical score by Manuel Villalta (El Palo , Planta 4, Oro De Moscu , Nada En Nevera ,El Forastero) . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Antonio Cuadri who was born in Huelva (Andalucia) location where he shot his main and big-budgeted film titled ¨The heart of the earth¨ with an international cast . Cuadri is a fine craftsman with some hit , such as this ¨La Gran Vida¨ , ¨Eres Mi Heroe¨ and previously made a documentary titled ¨Riotinto (2004)¨. Nowadays , he only directs TV episodes (Cuentame, Manolito Gafotas , UCO , Todos Hombres Sois Iguales , Al Salir De Clase , among them).