‘Spanish Affair 2′ (‘Ocho Apellidos Catalanes’): Film Review

The second installment of a record-breaking Spanish comedy has arrived.

With a witty take on a tensions between Spain’s regions, a standing of Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s Summer Affair (2014) as a many successful Spanish film of all time came as a warn to everybody involved. Less startling is a producers’ preference to follow adult with a supplement that is signally lacking in a part that was so essential to a original’s success: a charm. Nonetheless, this hotly-anticipated product — clearly cobbled together in promptness with conjunction adore nor honour for a assembly from pieces of aged comedies, is now a many successful film during a Spanish box bureau this year and a fifth biggest Spanish pretension ever, definition that a track to a bank — Universal distributes in Spain — will be hankie strewn.

Spanish Affair dealt with a uneasy attribute of Rafa (Dani Rovira) and Amaia (Clara Lago), a daughter of a fiercely Basque Koldo (Karra Elejalde). (Its Spanish pretension translated as Eight Basque Surnames: a new one is Eight Catalan Surnames: and it’s expected a trawl around a Spanish provinces, and presumably abroad, will continue.)

Rafa and Amaia have damaged up, and Amaia has a new boyfriend, Pau (Spanish TV’s season of a month, Berto Romero). Horrified that his daughter’s removing hitched to a Catalan hipster, Koldo travels for a initial time divided from his dear Basque Country to find Rafa so that together they can harm a designed marriage between Amaia and Pau.

Along a way, we accommodate total from a original, including Merche (Carmen Machi), who fancies Koldo, and new total including a wealthy, tight-fisted, fiercely pro-Catalan Roser (vet Rosa Maria Sarda) — this film’s homogeneous of Koldo in a progressing films — as Pau’s grandmother: a walking stereotype, she believes that Catalan autonomy has taken place, a anticipation that Pau has to make real. Once all is set up, we’re treated to a nation residence imitation in that many of a jokes date behind to a comedies of Gothic Europe.

The strongest performances are delivered by a vets, quite a arguable Elejalde, who seems to have satisfied that in sell for a paycheck, an actor has to act. At slightest all a vets can do so: on this evidence, some of a younger era cannot. But what is maybe many deleterious for a comedy, and hence for a film, is a miss of chemistry between any of a characters. There’s no spirit of because Amaia would indeed have depressed for a limp-wristed poseur like Pau, or because Merche would be captivated to Koldo. Only one impression in a film has anything imitative an authentic emotion, and that is Judith (Belen Cuesta), a marriage planner, personally in adore with Pau.

Spanish Affair 2 is not indeed a new film, lazily borrowing ideas from, among others, such teenager classics as Berlanga’s Welcome Mister Marshall and Good Bye, Lenin — yet both of these has a pointy domestic edge, granted by a times during that they were made, that Summer Affair 2 lacks. Its domestic foresightedness is evidenced by a fact that some of a joke already looks set to be overtaken by genuine events.

The book is perpetually squeezing in required refs to a initial film, yet this time around they feel constructed and are therefore unfunny. While in a original, it was critical that Rafa showed his invented Basque origin to Koldo by fast improvising 8 Basque surnames, this time there is no constrained thespian reason for him to do so. And that, in a nutshell, is a problem with a book that seems to have been shot while still in development: there’s no constrained reason for anything — apart, of course, from creation a film itself.

There are a integrate of half decent gags, and a few moments of OK dialogue, yet buried in improbable situations. The best comes in a final frames, as Koldo rips a highway pointer out of a belligerent and hauls it adult a mountain to safeguard that his grandson is innate in a Basque Country. But on a law of abating returns, there will sadly be several some-more installments to lay by before this sold summer is over.

Production company: Lazonafilms, Kowalski Films, Telecinco Cinema

Cast: Dani Rovira, Clara Lago, Karra Elejalde, Carmen Machi, Berto Romero, Rosa María Sarda, Belen Cuesta

Director: Emilio Martinez-Lazaroi

Screenwriter: Borja Cobeaga Diego San Jose

Producers: Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson, Alvaro Agustin

Executive producer: David Naranjo

Director of photography: Gonzalo F. Berridi

Costume designer: Lala Huete

Editor: Angel Hernandez Zoido

Composer: Roque Banos

Casting director: Eva Leira

Sales: Telecinco Cinema

98 minutes