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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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)

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.

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