Nobody's Life Movie Review

Spanish flick Nobody's Life might have been a unique art-house piece were it not for one small detail: A little movie called Time Out, which came from the country next door only a year earlier.

Nobody's Life is so similar to Time Out that a plagiarism charge might well be in order. But seriously, I'm sure it's unintentional, and maybe writers Eduard Cortés and Piti Español never even saw that dark and haunting masterpiece. But here's the same story nonetheless, as ostensibly successful bank executive Emilio (a droll José Coronado) is eventually revealed to be living a lie. He doesn't go to work: He goes to a park bench, where he simply sits, all day long. He's done this for 12 years. For money, the family lives off his wife's income and cash he's managed to swindle from his friends to "invest" for them. (Even this side plot appears in Time Out.) Eventually Emilio is found out and his world crumbles apart.

The only departure from Time Out is the addition of a love interest: Emilio starts an affair with the enchanting Rosana (Marta Etura, a real discovery here), a babysitter for one of his friends. Their affair ultimately doesn't add a lot to the plot, but it takes the theme of alienation and obfuscation a bit farther.

In the end, Nobody's Life follows such a predictable story arc that you almost can't believe it's over when it is. Imagine for yourself how your life might go if it turned out you were living a lie like this. Yep, that's precisely what happens in Nobody's Life. No surprises here, despite a setup that is, on the surface, intriguing. Fortunately, Etura adds enough to the film that it's worth watching, if only for her scenes.

The DVD includes a making-of featurette.

Aka La Vida de Nadie.

Cast & Crew

Director : Eduard Cortés

Producer : , Pedro Costa

Starring : José Coronado, , ,


Nobody's Life Rating

" OK "

Rating: PG-13, 2002


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