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  • Summary: On a hot day in July 1987, in a vacant Madrid, Miguel, a feared and respected senior newspaper writer, sets up a meeting in a café with Ángela, a young first-year journalism student. From the first instant, there develops between them an unevenly matched duel that encircles desire,On a hot day in July 1987, in a vacant Madrid, Miguel, a feared and respected senior newspaper writer, sets up a meeting in a café with Ángela, a young first-year journalism student. From the first instant, there develops between them an unevenly matched duel that encircles desire, inspiration, talent and professional perspectives. Forced to remain together on a very particular day, both will try to survive the emotional friction. In the environment of Spain at that particular time, they won’t be able to avoid the head-on collision of their personalities. The country had just emerged from the dark chapter of Franco’s dictatorship and was placidly joining the ranks of a democracy but personal values and social hierarchies lagged far behind. (Breaking Glass) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 19, 2012
    88
    Madrid, 1987 operates on a dizzying number of levels - as a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a study of culture clash, ageism and idealism - and the highest compliment you can give this ridiculously talky movie (which plays better if you speak Spanish) is that you're a little sad to see the characters go on their way once they part, probably forever.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    Miguel uses her beauty and placid demeanor as a screen against which to project his memories of past adventures and the ghost of his libido.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    A perceptive, ultra-wordy stab at catching the zeitgeist at a time of change in Spain, David Trueba's two-hander nonetheless feels like a working-out of social and personal themes that hasn't quite achieved the full leap from page to film.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    An engrossing two-hander combining the smart-talk microcosm of "My Dinner With Andre" and the sexual dynamics of a Philip Roth novel, David Trueba's Madrid, 1987 is more universal than its title suggests and holds a strong art house appeal.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oct 25, 2012
    60
    Deserves commendation for its fearless bravado, if for little else. [25 Oct 2012]
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 25, 2012
    50
    The actors give their characters a resonance beyond the symbolic, but the action doesn't quite transcend the stagy setup.
  7. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Sweet, sometimes dull and certainly overlong.

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