Daniel, a young 34-year-old from Seville, is the first European man with Down syndrome to have earned a university diploma. He starts his working life with the public administration where he meets Laura, a workmate with no apparent disability. And he falls in love with her.
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Two Spanish Academy awards and two other nominations earned by this movie dealing with a sensitive matter. Of course, one could say that the film is more a documentary than a romance because the mise-en-scene is very discreet and the screenplay basic, to say the least, but the main characters's performance wins our immediate support. Highly recommended.
Surprisingly mature an un-manipulative tale of a man with Down Syndrome who falls in love with a "normal" co-worker. Gets major points for trying to navigate tricky narrative and emotional waters with intelligence. It isn't always successful, but a little bit goes a long way.
Outstanding, mature romance which develops with realistic ebbs and flows through the length of the film. The central relationship is often contrasted with a variety of relationships surrounding it without ever seeming forced or artificial. This film has more seemingly effortless depth and heart that 99% of the histrionic cartoonish relationships you'll see on an American theater screen.
Good in dealing with some of the social aspects of disability, but complacent in its acceptance of the "impossibility" of a relationship, and in this, degrading and bleak. This reminded me of the interracial taboo that plagued so much of the 20th century. Sorry to see that the taboo of a sex scene with an individual with a real disability could not be broken. The most the non-disabled audience can handle is a kiss??
If Daniel wouldn't have the Down syndrome this movie would be the most classical romance tail from Hollywood. And even like that it's really a typical european movie about an "impossible" love, but it's still cute and keeps you interested.
What a beautiful film this is. But this isnt just about breaking film taboos of any sort - its way beyond that - it is at no point contrived, forced or artificial. Its about a love between two people who've both never experienced it before, not sex scenes. Its a love that releases both of them to move forward as individuals in their own right, its not an end in itself.