Amanece, que no es poco
Directed by José Luis Cuerda (Spain, 1989) 110 minutes
Amanece, que no es poco is a surreal comedy widely appreciated among Spanish film buffs. A rough translation of the title could be Dawn breaks, which is no small thing. It tells the story of a father and son arriving to a small village lost in the mountains where their inhabitants have a quite bizarre communal life: masses are like parties and people vote in order to elect the major, priest, teacher, prostitute and adulterers. Everyone seems to be an avid reader of William Faulkner and have a deep personal view of the world. Spanish cultural stereotypes are systematically presented in amusing forms, but criticism towards the Franco’s regime always lies beneath jokes and gags. Some of them became very well-known in Spain, being nowadays part of popular culture. This film could be considered as an unconventional fresco of what Spain was and still is.
Original version Spanish; English subtitles