The City of No Limits (En la Ciudad Sin Limites)
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- In Spanish with English subtitles
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Victor keeps company with his dad at the hospital and listens closely when his dad rambles about needing to leave the hospital ... to find Rancel. He provides Victor a key to a secret apartment in Paris which his dad had owned for 40 years and also gives him a button which will verify to Rancel that Victor is who he says he is ... Victor is puzzled by his dad's rambling and mentions some of it to his mom. Later, he sees his mom, Marie berating his dad and begins to wonder if maybe she is hiding something from him, holding back information or misdleading him. There are some fascinating family dynamics within the story. For example, Luis who divorced his wife is making love to his mistress (who used to be the nanny to their children) and the exwife makes a loud scene at the hotel about their relationship causing other guests to come out into the corridor to find out what all the noise is about. Victor has been having an affair with Carmen, the wife of his brother Alberto but Eileen understands (so she says). Eileen is completely aware of this, declares her love for him but lays down an ultimatum, he must make up his mind whether or not he will marry her. Essentially he must choose between Carmen or Eileen ...Read more ›
Suspiciously, the symptoms of his father's cancer are not very distinctly obvious and yet his wife Geraldine Chaplin) and other two sons insist on him getting operated. They seem to be running with an ulterior motive of closing a big business deal.
Victor is very close to his father and decides to unearth the seemingly fictitious Rancel. Some clever investigation leads him to Rancel, who is a famous novelist and had been an underground republican during the troubled Spanish times. Rancel and Victor's father were planning a covert escape, but Victor's father backed out at the last moment (motivated by Victor's mother) leading to Rancel's arrest and incarceration. Victor's father couldn't forgive himself for quisling and lead a life of repent. He wants to relive the moment and save Rancel from getting incarcerated. Victor helps his father touch absolution before his death. The father-child relationship is very touching.
Each character in the movie has his/her own little story that has been mingled with the main storyline to perfection.Read more ›
The youngest son, Victor, is the only member of the large extended family who is more interested in his father's well being and peace of mind than in the possibility of a large inheritance. The dying man is suffering a bit of dementia and in his mind he is reliving events that occurred 40 years earlier when he was a member of a Communist cell hiding out in Paris to avoid retribution from the Franco government. There is genuine suspense and tension as Victor tries to make sense of his father's ramblings. He uncovers some long buried secrets as he works to resolve the mystery.
The entire cast is wonderful, but Leonardo Sbaraglia is the standout as Victor. (This film reunites Sbaraglia with his former "Plata Quemada" co-star, Leticia Brédice.) Fernando Fernán Gómez manages to be both aggravating and pathetic as the father, Max. Geraldine Chaplin, does an excellent job as Max's cold-hearted wife, Marie.
The DVD features include scene selection; language options for either the original Spanish soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby Digital or a dubbed English soundtrack in stereo; subtitles are available in either English or Spanish. If you want to get the nuances of the actors' skills listen to the Spanish audio and use the English subtitles. Avoid the dubbed version - it sounds ridiculous. Not only does the English audio have all the emotional impact of an old "Speed Racer" cartoon, it's very abbreviated; even the subtitles convey more of the story line.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great movie. Had seen it on tv. bought it to add to my collection, and also for a present.Published 3 months ago by RAP
I love the movie En la ciudad sin Limites,I guess I love to cry,but the story is beautiful and true of what happened during the Spanish civil war....Published on December 30, 2012 by Esther S. Mendizabal
Outstanding performances, wonderful directing, beautiful cinematography, and a poignant musical score captivated me from the first moments of this film, to the very end. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by astrorev
Nicely portrayed story of a young man discovering truths about his dying father that bring them finally closer together rather than driving them apart, as is often the case in... Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by Ronald Scheer
The movie is good but the item was received damaged (the DVD box was cracked and torn around the stem and edges - but the DVD disk was OK). The storyline is capable. Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by Tesseract in Blue Jeans
I have to be a dissenting reviewer from the norm, as I found the film so lifeless, I looked at the clock 45 minutes into it, then at the halfway point at one hour actually put it... Read morePublished on November 4, 2005 by Terran
Rarely does one see a film that grips the viewer from start to finish. American films lack the human values, the insights into character, the depth of feeling and understanding... Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by Joseph Barba
I don't have the words to discribe how great this movie is. This is no doubt one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen.Published on November 11, 2004 by C. Candido
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