El Cochecito (The Little Coach) (The Wheelchair) (1960)





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This was one of the first feature-length films for director Marco Ferreri, known for his interest in the grotesque, macabre, and darkly satirical side of life. In this black comedy, an elderly old man who lives with his mean-spirited, insensitive family, enjoys a happier side of life with an invalid friend of his who gets around on a special, adapted motorbike. After seeing that similarly impaired people are using the same conveyances, the man develops a yearning for one of the special bikes himself. But when he goes to his family with his wish, they all respond in the negative -- and none too kindly. His solution is murderous, though definitely lucrative. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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José Isbert
as Don Anselmo
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While lacking a particularly strong story, "El Cochecito" still manages to be a spirited and incisive look at loneliness. At the same time, the movie is far ahead of its time in depicting a handicapped community transcending their disabilities to lead active lives. In fact, they even have a race in their motorized wheelchairs. Everybody is happy when Lucas(Lepe) gets his very own, as it allows him to get around on his own. But now, he is so mobile that his pal Anselmo(Jose Isbert) cannot keep up with him when they go to visit his wife's grave. He is now at an advanced age when most of his friends have died and does not want to lose another one. And his very extended family is too busy for him.(Nice use of overlapping dialogue, by the way.) So, Anselmo, despite being in pretty good shape for his age, decides he must get one of these vehicles for himself, too.

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