22 February 2019 | ma-cortes
A simple comedy with some diverting moments and other briefly dramatic ones
Dramedy with amusing moments , brief drama and a charming love stories ; being well developed some engaging and charming relationships . It takes place in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) , a cultural capital , there lives a couple of gays (Sergio Perez Mencheta and Victor Clavijo) when his brother (Juán Carlos Bellido) is on visit , there then emerges intolerance and bigotry . Meanwhile , a lovely and good person called Edu (Luis Tosar) works as a busker playing by the streets some popular songs when he meets an old sweetheart , Sol (Esperanza Pedreño) .Both of whom rekindle the old friendship and fall in love again . As the talking in the meals are more important than just eating . It is set while roles have breakfast , lunch and dinner . This happens one day with intertwined lives in the historic city . To make things worse at a meal meeting , a companion at table suffers a stroke . Later on , the guitarist befriends a Croatian man because they have similar troubles . At the end Sol has to choose between his hubby and her old love . La vida está servida (Life is served)
Entertaining as well as tender screenplay dealing with gays , bigotry , love , family , divorce and many others things . Set in the city of Santiago de Compostela, this is a passable and plain dramedy : a bit of drama plus witty comedy , in which is developed various yarns about love stories , marriage , separation , and friendship . The important conversations, socially and for all other reasons, are done around food. The scenes were improvised, based on biographies the actors and the filmmaker had developed about their own roles . The film is full of nice moments , tenderness , with an attractive relation between a busker and his old lover or the relationships between a couple homosexual and his brother . Other relations include the guitarist and a croatian man ; and between a young girl and her married lover while falling in love with another one , too . This warm film is pretty well , even if has an uneven plot flowing throughout, containing up and down developing . This a vibrant and feeling flick with enjoyable and charming scenes, though excessive dialogue , it gets together drama and comedy : dramedy, though it is more comedy than drama . Main cast and supporting cast is frankly nice , such as : Luis Tosar , Sergio Peris-Mencheta , Víctor Clavijo , María Vázquez , Juán Carlos Vellido , Pedro Alonso and Cristina Brondo , among others .
There stands out the colorful and atmospheric cinematography by Brand Ferro , being shot on location in Santiago , Ames, A Coruña, Galicia, A Coruña, Galicia , Cospeito, Lugo, Galicia, and Rábade, Lugo, Galicia, Spain . Adequate and evocative Galician musical score from Iván Laxe and Piti Sanz . The catching soundtrack includes : Dile que no -instrumental- Written by Piti Sanz Performed by Piti Sanz and Iván Laxe ; Os soños do Diaño Performed by Estoupacaldeiros ; Muiñeira de Polo -Traditional- Performed by Estoupacaldeiros ; Terra Written by Piti Sanz Performed by Nuncy Valcárcel and several others . The motion picture was professionally directed by Jorge Coira . He is a good craftsman who has made several TV episodes from known series as Piratas , Pelotas , RIS Cientifica , El Comisario , Padre Casares , Hierro and Se quien eres . And directing ocassionally for cinema as El Año de la Garrapata and this one . Rating : 5.5/10 . Acceptable and passable .