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Review of ’42 seconds’, teamwork

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Álvaro Cervantes and Jaime Lorente star in this film about the Spanish water polo team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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    That a film that builds its powerful strength from the union of a group of athletes, centralizing it in the relationship of two of them, is signed by two directors is still as curious as it is logical. Dani de la Orden, a subtle observer of the adventures and misadventures of his heroes’ hearts, hugs (the hug would be the key element of 42 seconds more than its display of emotion and aquatic suspense in the Barcelona Olympic water-polo final) to Àlex Murrull, who came from a short film, Tracesalso for two but with a choral universe in off.

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    Two directors who, without renouncing the structure of cinema about sporting feats (group presentation, professional and personal challenge, effort, epic ending…), and in a spectacular way, they go to the truth is heroic: the discovery that this team, and especially the characters that Jaime Lorente and Álvaro Cervantes embroider, makes of the need to count on the others. To accept that in our weaknesses lies the seed of triumph.

    For passionate fans of the cinema of deeds more human than sports

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    The worst: certain digital touch-ups.

    DATA SHEET

    Address: Àlex Murrull, Dani of the Order Interpreters: Álvaro Cervantes, Jaime Lorente, Alex Maruny, Roger Casamajor, Pep Ambros Country: Spain Year: 2022 Release date: 02–09-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Charles Franco Duration: 106 minutes

    Synopsis: A few months before the Barcelona 92 ​​Olympics, the Spanish water polo team has all the numbers to pass without pain or glory. They are not prepared and they need a hit if they do not want to make a fool of themselves playing at home. That shock comes in the form of a new coach with a reputation for toughness and more than questionable work techniques. As if that were not enough, the team has two leaders facing each other because of their way of understanding this sport: Manel Estiarte and Pedro García Aguado.

    Source: Fotogramas

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