The Spark of Life

The Spark of Life

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From the director of The Last Circus comes this Spanish comedy-drama about a washed-up advertising executive who trades his dignity for cash, exploiting his own bizarre and fatal predicament. Co-stars Salma Hayek. More

Unemployed and broke, Roberto (José Mota) leaves another failed job interview and wanders lost through a construction site. He falls, landing on a steel rod which becomes partially impaled in his skull. Immobilised but still functioning, emergency services are at a loss on how to free him. As the accident generates a media circus, Roberto is struck by an idea: he can milk the situation, sell the TV exclusive and secure his family's future.

Also released under the title As Luck Would Have It.

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2011Rating: M, contains offensive language & content that may disturb94 minsSpain, France, USASpanish with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Álex de la Iglesia ('The Last Circus', 'Ferpect Crime', 'The Day of the Beast')
Writer:
Randy Feldman
Cast:
José MotaSalma HayekBlanca PortilloJuan Luis GaliardoFernando TejeroManuel Tallafé

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The Spark of Life | Reviews

Variety

Variety

Entertaining but unsubtle satire on the moral confusions of a marketing/media-drive world.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Despite an enthusiastic performance by Salma Hayek and punctuated by a few amusing moments and visual flourishes the film only hits its targets intermittently.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

One of the treasures of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

With Alex de la Iglesia at the unsteady wheel, this intermittently entertaining film – which either pays homage to or steals from Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole – never quite settles on a tone.

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The Spark of Life | Release Details

The Spark of Life is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.