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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
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006G1QDR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 14, 2012
Format: DVD
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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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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I enjoyed the movie; it was between a 3 and 4 star movie. In real life if the main female character was me ... no matter how poor I might be, I do not think that I would for one second pretend that my (dead) client was still alive.
Ironically, once the employers (the dead man's adult daughter) discovered that their father was indeed already dead, ... they told the maid/caregiver to continue "pretending" that the old man was still alive and instructed to pick up the mail, clean the apt., etc.
Anyway, as strange as the story premise was to me, I rolled with it and actually enjoyed the movie. But, inside, also thanked the Lord that I was born in America, and knowing that ... I could aspire to be as rich or as poor as my personal self motivated me to be.
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Una trama sorprendente, que siguiendo las inquietudes y preocupaciones cotidianas de la gente, consigue llevarlas a una trama interesante con una narrativa bastante fluida. Llega escenas muy cómicas sobre situaciones serias, sin perder por eso la gravedad del caso. Vale la pena verla.
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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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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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