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The Dead Man and Being Happy

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Original title
El muerto y ser feliz
Running time
94 min.
Spain Spain
Javier Rebollo, Lola Mayo, Salvador Roselli
Santiago Racaj
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Co-production Spain-Argentina-France; Lolita Producciones / Icónica / Eddie Saeta S.A / Utopica Filmes / Noodles Production
Drama | Road Movie. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
This is the story of a Spanish man on the top floor of a hospital in Buenos Aires who one day realises he is dying. Aware that he only has a short time left to live, the man hot-foots it from the hospital and heads north, making his way across Argentina. The dying man knows that all roads lead to the whole world, that the destination matters little; what is important is to keep moving, to have the feeling of never stopping, of leaving behind the life lead until now. A life that, given his specialised trade, had always kept him close to death. That's why, as a professional, he advances peacefully towards it, making his way along B-roads, drifting slowly as if in a modern book about chivalry. A woman he meets on the road will be his squire in this movement that does anything but flee from death, instead heading straight towards it. This film is the tale of a hit-man who doesn't kill. It's the story of guns that don't shoot, of dogs and roads.
2012: Goya Awards: Best Actor (José Sacristán)
2012: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Actor (José Sacristán), FIPRESCI Award
2012: Mar del Plata Film Festival: Official Selection
2013: Gaudí Awards: Best Actor (José Sacristán). 2 nominations
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