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The City of No Limits (2002)

Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Fernando Fernán Gómez, more...
Director: Antonio Hernandez, Antonio Hernandez
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain, Latin America
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Max (Fernando Fernán Gómez), the wealthy family patriarch and head of a pharmaceuticals business, is dying of cancer and has relocated from Madrid to a Paris hospital for treatment. The members of his family, including his wife, Marie (Geraldine Chaplin), have gathered around him there. Victor (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the youngest son and last to arrive in Paris, lives in Argentina and has no ties to the family business. He sees Max, who is becoming incoherent and confused, secretly throwing away his medicine, pretending to sleep, and attempting to escape from the hospital. Victor notices that Max appears to be afraid of something, but he can't tell if his fear is well founded or if he is just delusional. In the midst of family conflict and questions about the inheritance, Victor helps Max search for answers about a mysterious figure from his past who may or may not exist, while encountering opposition from other family members. ~ Todd Kristel, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Honoring Dad by talltale July 29, 2004 - 6:21 AM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
At the close of THE CITY OF NO LIMITS, director Antonio Hernandez dedicates his film to his father. I can't recall another movie that has honored a father in such a profound and surprising manner. A quiet mystery about betrayal, this is definitely not a "suspense thriller," so don't expect car chases, murders and the like. The movie follows the reunion of Spanish family members, as their now semi-deranged father awaits his death in a Paris hospital. Its central theme of betrayal is tellingly mirrored in smaller betrayals of one family member against another, as the film tracks the political history of this family. THE CITY OF NO LIMITS is gorgeous to look at--appropriately, too, since this family is wealthy (the photography of Paris will have you enamoured all over again). The acting is exemplary, as well. In the central character of the father, Fernando Fernan Gomez, one of the great figures of world cinema, is splendid. Heartthrob Leonardo Sbaraglia continues to prove his mettle: that graceful body and amazing smile will win you over completely. As the mother, Geraldine Chaplin has one of the best roles of her career, as she handles it superbly. The remaining family members and their spouses are each distinct, interesting and real. Deeply moved after the first viewing, I awoke the next morning thinking about this film and had to unwrap the dvd from its mailer and watch certain key scenes again. The ideas presented here--living with and reliving our mistakes, the notion that we can be both good and cowardly, and the weight of familial vs. sexual/romantic love--are presented in richer, stranger ways than I have ever seen. Director Hernandez also made the fine family "noir" LISBOA. Clearly, his is an unusual talent, and one to nuture.

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(Average 6.72)
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Cinema Latino Collection
movies from the cinema latino collection. This is a collection that Fox is putting out,. Movies from spain, mexico, argenitina. I've seen a few of these and they were good so I think the collection is worth checking out.

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