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Seven Billiards Tables

In this amiable comedy drama, a single mother (Maribel Verdu of Pan's Labyrinth) inherits her father's decrepit billiards hall and sets about restoring it to its former glory, assisted by her small son and the father's irascible girlfriend (Blanca Portillo). She also tries to reassemble the club's legendary team of gruff-but-likable oldsters and whip them into shape for tournaments. From the motley billiards team to the weepy romantic subplots to the triumphs over personal adversity, everything here is thoroughly predictable. Yet Gracia Querejeta's deft direction and a top-notch ensemble of Spanish screen veterans make it all go down surprisingly well. In Spanish with subtitles. 112 min.

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