|MA MA (director/writer: Julio Medem; cinematographer: Kiko de la Rica; editors: Julio Medem, Ivan Aledo; music: Alberto Iglesias; cast: Penelope Cruz (Magda), Luis Tosar (Arturo), Asier Etxeandia (Julián), Teo Planell (Dani), Silvia Abascal (Enfermera Quimioterapia), Alex Brendemühl (Raul); Runtime: 111; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Julio Medem/Alvaro Longoria; Oscilloscope Laboratories; 2015-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
cheery as getting prepped for surgery."
by Dennis Schwartz
In Madrid, the elementary school teacher Magda (Penelope Cruz), with an absentee teacher husband Raul (Alex Brendemühl) whom she dumps, is diagnosed with breast cancer and prepares to undergo a mastectomy. She then meets soccer scout Arturo (Luis Tosar) while watching in the stands her teen son (Teo Planell) play in a soccer match. When the scout receives a cell phone call that his wife is dying and his daughter was killed in a car accident, she comforts him at the hospital and they bond. We're then forced to endure this ludicrous romantic melodrama that gives us a singing gynaecologist (Asier Etxeandia) who can't sing and a saintly Cruz pulling on all the heartstrings. It's a poorly made sentimental disease-of-the-week melodrama, that is about as cheery as getting prepped for surgery
REVIEWED ON 12/21/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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