Familiar, soapy script.
| Original Score: 2/4
Albacete, Menkes and co-writer Lucia Etxeberria have a good ear for dialogue, but demonstrate less certainty at creating a wealth of memorable characters or situations.
Bears some resemblance to All About My Mother, but lacks its compatriot's flamboyance, content to traffic in glib banalities and unwitting self-absorption.
A shameless, straightforward soap opera (no Almodovarian excess here!), but it's pretty entertaining on its own sudsy terms.
Wise, beautifully acted and well-observed.
| Original Score: 4/5
It transcends utter schlock by being charming and unapologetic about its unconventional romance.
A thoughtful, well-acted and well-observed (though bleak) look at what some people have to put up with to get through life.