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|Original title:||Ocho Apellidos Vascos|
|Direction:||Emilio Martínez Lázaro|
|Production country:||Spanien 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 98 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Rafa (Dani Rovira), Andalusian with body and soul, has a problem: after a one-night stand he fell in love with a Baskin of all people. Andalusians and Basques - that's not really possible. Nevertheless, he travels after the fiery Amaia (Clara Lago) to her small hometown Argoitia to confess his love for her. But unfortunately his beloved doesn't react as he expected and so it looks like Rafa has to drive back to Sevilla without having achieved anything. But then Amaias father Koldo (Karra Elejalde) announces his visit, hoping to meet his future son-in-law Antxon. It's just too bad he's long gone. And now Amaia of all people has to ask Rafa to play Basque for her father. And of course this can only end in chaos...
"8 Names for Love" is the most successful Spanish film of all time in its homeland Spain with over 10 million visitors. It is a very similar success story as the "Sch`tis" did at that time. In both cases, the "rivalry" between different regions - in this case between Andalusia and the Basque Country - is taken for a ride with excessive clichés and playing with dialects. Even though director Emilio Martinez Lázaro stole a scene from Rafas way to Argoitia directly at the "Sch`tis", he managed to make some very independent, really good jokes, which make "8 names for love" an entertaining pleasure.
How Rafa mutates by chance into a separatist street fighter or is completely overwhelmed by Basque eating habits at his first dinner with Amaia's father is a source of many hearty laughs. Also the charm of the actors is extremely infectious and also works out beyond the borders of Spain very well. The game with the prejudices that Andalusians and Basques face, on the other hand, is something that only spectators who are familiar with these regions of Spain can really understand. Of course, there's not much left of the word joke left in the dubbing either.
Admittedly, "8 Namen für die Liebe" is a very regional comedy that has a cross-border joke and charm. Even without ever having been to Spain or knowing exactly what cultural and ideological differences there are between Andalusians and Basques, the comedy offers some very amusing moments that are universally laughable. But the enormous success in his home country can only be understood to a limited extent by German viewers. Apart from the game with prejudices and clichés, the film only offers very conventional food with some highlights, but also with some hangers and jokes presented in an exaggeratedly lampooned manner.
Who likes romantic comedies of the somewhat over-exaggerated kind will still get his money's worth. The picturesque landscape of the Basque Country, the likeable actors and a lot of successful situation comedy make the Spanish blockbuster, despite some weak moments, a nice joke, which doesn't have the cult potential of the "Sch'tis", but which offers one and a half hours of happy flight from reality for the heart and the laughter muscles. Not the really big litter, but in any case still: worth seeing!
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