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Amador

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Product Description

Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can t afford to let happen. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can t always stop life.

Bonus features include a complementary short film, Director's Statement, and Bio, amongst other features.

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WINNER - Best Director (Iberoamerican Feature) - Guadalajara Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - Best Actress (Iberoamerican Feature) - Guadalajara Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Istanbul Film Festival
Official Selection - Sydney Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Miami Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Lima Film Festival
Official Selection - Seattle Int'l Film Festival
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Well crafted and thoughtful! Successfully blends black comedy, lyricism and social critique. --Jonathan Holland, Variety

An absolute gem of a film! Keep an eye out for Amador - it is not to be missed. --Digital Kebab

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Product Details

  • Actors: Magaly Solier
  • Directors: Fernando Leon De Aranoa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006G1QDR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Spanish film "Amador" by writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa is a surprisingly quiet commentary that touches on a number of social issues including poverty, immigration, and religion. It is methodically paced, thoughtful, and introspective. And though the film might be a bit slow for some viewers, I was never less than fascinated by the central conundrum that faces our heroine. In truth, I didn't know ANYTHING about the film before viewing it. I hadn't even read the description on the DVD case. So for me, I had zero expectations. In many ways, I think that made my experience all the more rewarding. I wasn't tipped off to the major plot development that was to drive the primary narrative, so when it all started unraveling--I was completely blown away. For my part, I won't reveal what happens. If you can avoid learning about the movie, I would definitely recommend doing so.

"Amador" features Marcela (nicely underplayed by Magaly Solier), a young immigrant struggling to get by. It's obvious she dreams of a better life, she is unhappy with her boyfriend and their flower-selling enterprise. But she's trapped as well. A secondary job providing home care for an elderly gentleman named Amador (Celso Bugallo) offers her a bit more freedom and financial independence. Their relationship plays out in a very interesting way, but as circumstances change--Marcela faces several extremely large moral decisions that affect her life and livelihood. Should she do what she knows is right? Should she do what seems practical? Should she try to get away with whatever she can? At every opportunity, Marcela's choices thwarted my expectations and yet seemed believable as well.
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The Spanish film "Amador" by writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa is a surprisingly quiet commentary that touches on a number of social issues including poverty, immigration, and religion. It is methodically paced, thoughtful, and introspective. And though the film might be a bit slow for some viewers, I was never less than fascinated by the central conundrum that faces our heroine. In truth, I didn't know ANYTHING about the film before viewing it. I hadn't even read the description on the DVD case. So for me, I had zero expectations. In many ways, I think that made my experience all the more rewarding. I wasn't tipped off to the major plot development that was to drive the primary narrative, so when it all started unraveling--I was completely blown away. For my part, I won't reveal what happens. If you can avoid learning about the movie, I would definitely recommend doing so.

"Amador" features Marcela (nicely underplayed by Magaly Solier), a young immigrant struggling to get by. It's obvious she dreams of a better life, she is unhappy with her boyfriend and their flower-selling enterprise. But she's trapped as well. A secondary job providing home care for an elderly gentleman named Amador (Celso Bugallo) offers her a bit more freedom and financial independence. Their relationship plays out in a very interesting way, but as circumstances change--Marcela faces several extremely large moral decisions that affect her life and livelihood. Should she do what she knows is right? Should she do what seems practical? Should she try to get away with whatever she can? At every opportunity, Marcela's choices thwarted my expectations and yet seemed believable as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By quentin on May 2, 2012
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Set in contemporary Spain, Amador embodies the best of a Ken Loach social drama. With a sprinkle of irony, the film gives a realistic and fine portrait of Marcela, (anti)-heroin shaken in her faith but determined to serve her best interests. The sincerity and simplicity of this story, combined to the solid performance of Solier and the stunning conclusion of this black comedy are good enough reasons to see Amador!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L Thompson on November 30, 2012
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This movie is what you least expect, I was blown away by the ending of the movie. It is a very well thought out plot that leaves more room for interpretation than most people would expect. It is also perfect for the classroom, if we want to develop critical thinking skills in our students than this movie will give you a head start. Love, work, life, survival and cheats. It has a little something for everyone! Get it, if you can!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ••·.·•• RIZZO ••·.·•• VINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
Format: DVD
This 2010 film from Spain will not be for those who enjoy the thrill and excitement of faster paced movies with more action. It is a quiet, low-key, slow-paced film with metaphors, symbolism, and wisdom. It is also about the circle of new life and death.

A young woman, Marcela arrived in Spain and lives with her boyfriend in a shoddy one-room apartment. Marcela is a few weeks pregnant. Nelson, her boyfriend runs a "recycled" flower shop out of the home. The flowers, of which we know of, are stolen from a trash bin, and rejuvenated, kept in the refrigerator, separated and repackaged, aerosol sprayed and re-sold.

When the refrigerator that houses the flowers breaks down, Marcela must locate a job to pay for the installments. She becomes caregiver for an old man who knows his time is up soon. He spends time in bed completing a large puzzle of the sea. He shares with Marcela his metaphor of how life is like a puzzle....and how we are given the pieces, but it is we who are responsible of putting the pieces together.

Then, the old man dies, and Marcela, desperately needing the income, does the unthinkable..... not reporting the death and keeping the body on the bed.

The one person who learns of his death and the charade is the aging hooker who makes a weekly visit to service the old man. The hooker and Marcela keep the secret going while befriending one another.

As I mentioned earlier, the symbolism reveals itself in the flowers which are classified as dead at one time, then revived, freshened up, aerosol sprayed to smell like flowers. In turn, the man's body is dead, freshened up, smell erased by aerosol spray.
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