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This Is How Far We’ve Come

Directorial debut from Yolanda Garcia Serrano, a longtime member of Manuel Gomez Pereira's high-profile BocaBoca scripting team, "This Is How Far We've Come" is redeemed only by a decent central perf from Carlos Sobera and by some good songs. Commercial prospects are slim for this double-identity light comedy.

Directorial debut from Yolanda Garcia Serrano, a longtime member of Manuel Gomez Pereira’s high-profile BocaBoca scripting team, “This Is How Far We’ve Come” is redeemed only by a decent central perf from Carlos Sobera (better-known as presenter of the Spanish version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”) and by some good songs. Commercial prospects are slim for this double-identity light comedy, which fails either to amuse or to exploit its neat premise.

The life of embittered businessman Rodrigo (Sobera) is beset with problems — he and his wife Sonia (Elisa Mantilla) are having affairs, his daughter Irene (Cora Tiedra) hates him, and he’s been accused of corruption at work. After having an accident while driving to Paris, he is believed dead by his family and associates, so he decides to return in the guise of his dead twin brother. Pic spins out several familiar farce routines, and Rodrigo discovers his own inherent goodness. Songs by Manolo Tena are fine, but otherwise, score is distinctly cheesy. Stereotyped roles (pretentious psychologist, troubled teenage daughter) give thesps no room for maneuver. Still, the rubber-faced Sobera is at least watchable.

This Is How Far We’ve Come

Spain

  • Production: A Columbia Tristar Spain release of an Arual production, with participation of Via Digital. (International sales: Arual, Madrid.) Produced by Martin Sacristan Luna, Ignacio Ramiro Oregui, Eva Paniagua. Directed by Yolanda Garcia Serrano. Screenplay, Serrano, Carlos Molinero.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Porfirio Enriquez; editor, Jose Salcedo; music, Manolo Tena. Reviewed at Cines Acteon, Madrid, April 29, 2002. Running time: 98 MIN.
  • With: <B>With:</B> Carlos Sobera, Elisa Mantilla, Cora Tiedra, Javier Pereira, Camilo Rodriguez.
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