Marcela is a young woman in financial straits. She is delighted when she finds a new job: she is to spend the summer looking after an old, bedridden man named Amador and keep him company every day as long as his rela- tives are on holiday. Marcela and Amador are soon sharing all sorts of secrets.
Marcela is pregnant – has been so for several months. She hasn’t told a soul yet, not even her boyfriend, whom she doesn’t really trust. Amador knows that he does not have much longer to live; he can even feel his life slipping away from him. Perhaps this is why he is the only one who has been able to sense the new life growing inside Marcela.
The relationship that evolves between Marcela and Amador from now on may well stem from this proximity between life and death. Side by side, the two spend a lot of time together day after day in Amador’s tiny bedroom where Marcela sits beside his bed. But then, one day, Amador dies. His death makes Marcela unemployed and puts the young woman in a quan- dary. But she finds a way out of her moral dilemma. Together with Amador, Marcela will prove that death doesn’t necessarily put an end to life. – Berlinale
Fernando León de Aranoa was born in Madrid in may 1968 and has a degree in image Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. She started working as a screenwriter in television series such as turn on its own initiative, in programmes as the Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez and writing for comics Tuesday and thirteen.
His behind the camera debut in 1994 with the short film “sirens”, which was awarded in several national festivals.His first feature film was “family” (1996) which as usual his work also wrote the screenplay. In recognition of this film was awarded the Goya Award for best novel Director, as well as Valladolid SEMINCI audience award and the Fipresci award. The play was later adapted into the scene represented in several countries and stage
In 1998 he wrote and directed “neighborhood”, portrait of the lives of three young teens in a slum. Thanks to this job gets Awards Goya Best Director and best original screenplay. The film was presented in the official… read more
Magaly Solier, star of 'The Milk Of Sorrow' this time plays the role of a poor girl who takes a job as carer for a bedridden old man on deaths door. Things don't often turn out the way we'd hoped. It's poetic and strong for the first half, falls a little flat in the 3/4 then redeems itself by the end. Excellent cinematography and a solid performance from Solier. 3.5 stars
A disappointment... I really love "Los lunes al sol" but "Amador" doesn't even come closer to that level. The beginning of the story is promissing and intriguing, but then it turrns flat and some cheap jokes can't save the film. It suppose to be a black comedy, but it is just silly.