A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In times of adversity, families must strive to work together; acceptance, understanding, and humor are healing and helpful to all. Appreciating individuals for their unqiueness is essential for growth, satisfaction, and brings great rewards. Families are complex; they need nurturing, open communication, forgiveness, and respect to successfully survive.
Positive Role Models
In challenging times, characters evolve into nurturing, communicative, loving members of a family. An insolent 11-year-old learns valuable lessons and makes important behavioral changes.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity is a plot element.
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Several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and one subtitle reads "retarded."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character smokes cigarettes, but is unhappy about it. Wine is consumed in a dinner scene. Drinking and some drunkenness at a wedding.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Live Twice, Love Once is a Spanish-language film set in and around Valencia, Spain. It's a dramatic story, incorporating both comedy and irony, about a university mathematics professor after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. As the retired professor's condition worsens, his relationship with his exasperating but well-meaning daughter and his own awareness of what is to come send him on a journey to find an early love that he's never forgotten. Some profanity is included, mostly "f--k," often uttered by a precocious 11-year-old. While there's no sexuality, infidelity plays a role in the story. Wine is consumed in social settings; some drunkenness occurs at a boisterous wedding. For English-speaking audiences, the film is available on Netflix, either translated (dubbed) into English or with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A fresh take on a familiar concept, sharp writing and directing, along with wonderfully complex characters and performances, deliver both laughs and tears in this well-told story. Live Twice, Love Once, an award-winner in Spain, is a mature film that deals effectively with both family separation and reconciliation in sorrowful times. Young Marfalda Carbonell's feature debut as Blanca is remarkable. The film's creative team, however, struggles with the resolution. As the story plays out, there are a surplus of possible final sequences. The one they choose for Emilio Pardo felt felt more forced than they probably realized. Still, the movie is well worth a look.
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