I Will Survive | Chicago Reader

I Will Survive

Emma Suarez and Juan Diego Botto are quite appealing in this 1999 romantic comedy from Spain, playing tentative lovers who come to understand their own limitations. Marga, a playful single mother who runs a video store, hasn't dated since her boyfriend died in a car accident, and when she meets Iñaqui, a Styrofoam sculptor ten years her junior, she thinks he's the man for her until she learns about the gay relationship in his past. The characters often talk about old movies, and both Marga's and the film's point of reference is Breakfast at Tiffany's; like Holly Golightly, she hangs out with a bohemian crowd but values friendship and family. Directors Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes share Pedro Almodovar's ear for the blithe banter of hip, neurotic urbanites, though they forsake his melodrama for a laid-back naturalism.

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