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This May-December romance is based on a novel by Mario Benedetti but strongly resembles TV soaps. Approaching retirement, a widower seems resigned to a life of solitary routine until he falls for a new, much younger employee in his office. The affair is complicated by his relationships with his three adult children, who have problems of their own. Director Alfonso Rosas Priego doesn't seem to trust the dramatic power of his material: time and again he rushes his scenes to an overwrought climax, followed by a fade to black. After the 20th fade-out—always underlined with gushy music—you start expecting commercials. In Spanish with subtitles. 112 min.

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