La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It) (2013)

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Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising careers in advertising. But now out of work during the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek). After yet another dead end interview, it seems like reality will come crashing down on Roberto - until a freak car accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Randy Feldman
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Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Combines lecture, farce and soapy sentiment in a single misshapen package.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
New York Times
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This dark satire may be hard to watch at times, but its' queasy mix of satire and tough love should be seen for how black comedy can be done outside the U.S.

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
New York Daily News
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Family is the truest wealth, insists a strenuous orchestral score, but neither Feldman nor Iglesia seems to buy it, so how can we?

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Village Voice
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Though it slickly offers up drama, black comedy and enjoyable perfs in due measure, the pic never develops much bite, though it does bare its fangs.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Variety
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Álex de la Iglesia's film hammers home the opinion that family is more important than celebrity or wealth.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It)

½

With hat in hand, Roberto(Jose Mota) goes to a friend and former colleague in the advertising business desperately looking for work. Sadly, all he comes away with is an offer for a scholarship offer for his son and finds another friend too busy playing video games to see him. In order to cheer himself up, he goes to the hotel in Cartagena where he and his wife Luisa(Salma Hayek) spent their honeymoon. Instead, he finds a historical dig underway, followed by a tragic accident...

Even though there might be other similar sounding movies, "As Luck Would Have It" still manages to claim its own ground with just the right mix of caustic satire and heart, including some of Salma Hayek's best work. That ground becomes increasingly important once you realize it can stand for a variety of things. As a spectacular Roman amphitheatre, it might seem obvious but then there is the running thread of an internal criticism of current day Spain that either imports everything or where everybody is leaving. That's not to mention the more general criticism against voluntarily surrendering one's privacy.

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Walter M.

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Surprising negativity for a surprisingly good film. This film sums up the troubles of Spain in the near past. A man clings to his only bizarre hope of succeeding in the economy - a freak accident that is perilously close to killing him.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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