Os fenómenos – Aces

Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival.

This film is also listed in some places as Los fenómenos.

Director Alfonso Zarauza introduced this film to the audience, saying that the economic crisis in Spain has given rise to winners and losers. “This is a film about the losers”, he concluded.

Lola Dueñas plays single mum Neneta who has to find a way to support her baby and herself after the baby daddy decides he can’t cope and does the manly thing by just not coming home one night.

Neneta finds a way to make things work for herself, and after a shaky start, begins to find stability and a modicum of happiness in her life. Of course this can’t last.

Dueñas bring an interesting character to the screen, and the corruption and day to day difficulties faced by the workers as a result of the fiscal problems in the country are examined, but I found it difficult to keep up with the passage of time which left me feeling somewhat disconnected from what was happening.

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