Amanece, que no es poco (1989)
Director: José Luis Cuerda
Actors: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez
Runtime: 110 min
A very intelligent Spanish surrealist comedy from the late 1980s that simply can’t be retold. Surrealism distorts reality to breaking point, to the absurd and impossible, and puts us in position to laugh at ourselves while at the same time exposing stereotypes, questioning accepted norms and shows the suppressed truth behind the official stories. On every step this movie is a fierce critique of Spain under the dictatorship of General Franco (1939-1976), but equally a sharp in-depth critique of contemporary Spain in which everything changed in order for nothing to change. Everything is the same as before, but with other names. Even if we disregard the level of political and social criticism, this is a very funny, and sadly underrated, comedy with countless insane turns, surreal situations and universal analogies that can be applied to many contemporary societies. Those who do not speak Spanish will be pressed to comprehend all word games, and those who are not familiar with the situation and developments in Spain will be challenged to understand all the metaphors, analogies, hyperboles and sarcastic jokes related to the Spanish context. Regardless, this movie is worth a look because it is far beyond any usual comedy.
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