Maktub, a Christmas story
Direction and script: Paco Arango.
Country: Spain. Year: 2011.
Duration: 115 min.
Interpretation: Diego Peretti (Manolo), Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (Beatriz), Goya Toledo (Mari Luz), Andoni Hernández San Jose (Antonio), Rosa Maria Sardà (Guadeloupe), Cover Baró (Merche), Mariví Bilbao (Puri), Enrique Villén (Raimundo), Jorge Garcia (Carlos).
Production: Antonio Aporta, Paco Arango and Maria José Martínez.
Music: Nathan Wang.
It photographs: Carlos Suárez.
Assembly: Teresa Font.
Artistic direction: Weep ç for Miquel.
Wardrobe: Cristina Rodríguez.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures International Spain.
I release in Spain: On December 16, 2011. Qualification for ages: Suitable for all.
Manolo (Diego Peretti) takes a well-off life, but it is in full crisis of the medium-sized age. The routine and the apathy preside at its marriage, its work and its relation with the children. Its wife Beatriz (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) sails between two waters and she is part of the crisis for which it crosses its family.
The destination leads Manolo to being crossed with Antonio (Andoni Hernández) by a 15-year-old Canary boy who endures cancer. Its contagious vitality and its particular point of view of the life will impel Manolo to a realization of the situation and he will suppose a starter point in its life. From this fortuitous meeting an enigmatic nurse will unite friendship with its mother, Mari Luz (Goya Toledo), an extrovert Carlos (Jorge García) and Guadeloupe (Rosa Maria Sardá). Its lives will change from the meeting with Antonio.
The word “Maktub“ comes from the Arab and comes to mean “what is written” in clear allusion to which our destination is predestined and the strange coincidences that take place in our life only come to confirm it.
Maktub is a movie done for the Christmas. It is a Christmas story. With which I have just realized that I already have half made comment. But I consider her to be not characterless, not slack, either, not even big peliculón. It is a very agreeable movie of seeing. It brings together drama dose, with big humor doses mostly for the "nice" face of its main actor Diego Peretti (Manolo).
Manolo can be an any guy. He is an employee of banking, married and with two children. Seemingly it has an enviable life. Until you scratch and the dissatisfaction outcrops. In its life he has installed to himself the routine, the apathy, the lack of appetite and the apathy. Synonymous of the same thing that they precede the depression. What will make him put the batteries will be the meeting with Antonio, an adolescent who endures cancer. And this way we will be before two persons who live through the life in opposite poles: seeing one spending the days and other waiting for the arrival of every day knowing that he can be one of the last ones. Manolo and Antonio will turn into friends and will involve in its relation all those who surround them. The Christmas night dinner will be the meeting point of all of them. Finally Maktub is a history of crossed lives, of different ways that come together in only one in a moment of the life.
The background of the story is that in the life we can be more or less fine with a work with a couple with a family where it puts the crisis out but all this goes on to a background as soon as it trumps the health.
The protagonist is a child sick with cancer. It is a type of movie of which we have already seen someone different earlier (one of the last ones in the Spanish movies is a 4th Plant). It is a melodrama that lends to the easy tear. But in this case the movie is solved by certain touches of magic realism so that the pain and the loss are canalized towards the positivism, towards a more kind reality, without hiding it. And it is as well as it was possible to film the real history of Antonio González Valerón, a young canary that was enduring cancer and that, nevertheless, was for all an example of illusion, knowledge and desire of living. He died in March, 2009, at the age of 16 newly complete, because of an infection, after an implant of marrow that had treated the leukemia that they diagnosed at the age of 13. The rap of the Foundation Aladina, Smiles that do magic, with music of Paco Arango, is a part of its legacy.
The movie takes brilliant twinkles as the big performance in a secondary role of Mariví Bilbao (like Puri, the maiden) or some scene well proves where it is difficult to escape to the tear (what big power has the images to evoke certain feelings:) or the white humor, without wickedness, in certain dialogues. The movie transmits a few crazy desire of living as it happens to the protagonists after its meeting with the illness. Often we think that if such and such thing should pass to me it would do this or other. In Matkub there is a clear message: do not hope that the misfortune appears in your life to initiate changes. He lives through the life and enjoys every moment that this one drinks to you. Perhaps the tape contains certain moral but it does not hurt to the brain and, as I said at first, it is agreeable of seeing.
A very laudable initiative is that the economic resources that Maktub generates will be destined to support the construction of a center of transplants of bone marrow for children.
More information about the Foundation Aladina that looks over the children who endure cancer:
I leave also the promotional video to you
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