Crossing Borders

Synopsis: Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. Martin, his wife Pilar and their son Pablito live with Mart'n's parents in a basement apartment that comes with their job as superintendents of the building. Encouraged by Marcos, his friend and co-worker, Martin decides to emigrate to Switzerland. The whole family has to admit that for the time being this is the most promising plan. Unable to obtain a work contract from the Swiss Consulate, Martin and Marcos decide to go anyway, pretending they are tourists to get past the border police. Pablito will experience drastic changes in a short period of time: his father's departure, a new way of life in a different country with a different environment and learning another language. But afterwards, in Switzerland, they will face new experiences which will allow them to live with renewed happiness.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Carlos Iglesias
  5 wins & 8 nominations.
102 min



Martin, wake up.



Here you are.


Wake up, Martin!

I'm pissing on you!

How can you want to act the fool

at this time?

I've been up for four hours.

- You got a smoke?

- No.

Hey, I'm watching you!

Where are you going?

I don't know yet.

I might use the money

to open a bakery in my village.

Or I might go abroad,

there's a lot of work there.

And you can make money too.

Switzerland is supposed to be good.

But they say it's hard to get in.

My cousin went last year

and he had no problems.

I'm thinking about it. A few years there

and you come back rich.

It's never half as good

as people say.

You'd miss the language,

football, all that.

You'll make it dizzy, love.

Just drink it up.

I don't want any more.

Didn't you hear?

Football players take it to score goals.

Gome on, finish it, Pablo.

This child eats nothing.

The doctor said to take him

to the village.

Shall we go see that?

- See what?

- Just some friends.

Gome on, Pablo.

Have a cookie, darling.

Gome on!




Here it is.

The shepherd was right.

And we just went to see it.

He'd never buy it.

Your brother is a coward.

And rightly so!

Pilar, the apartment

costs 63,000 pesetas

and Martin earns 1,300 a month.

But it's a steady wage,

every month. It all adds up.

Look at what I managed to save.

I don't know.

It's a lot of money for a place

so far out of Madrid.

It's not so far.

- Some day, this'll be Madrid too.

- Gome off it!

Not a chance.

It may be Madrid some day,

but we won't see it.

- Luisa...

- What?

Gan I borrow that dress

to wear this evening?

I've got no money,

I'm waiting for my husband.

Goodbye, Miss Azucena.

They fired you?

How could they do that?

Pablo, sit still or I'll wallop you.

You're driving me crazy.

Don't take it like that,

I wasn't the only one.

There are too many employees.

Other places are worse than us.

I left the basement clean,

now your father will fill it

with wires again.

Shall we prepare the whitebait

for supper?

Pilar! Do you hear me?

Pilar, my mother's talking to you.

She's not talking because she's angry.

She won't let me play.

Yes, Amalia,

we'll do what you want.

Then I'll start cleaning them.

And you be quiet.

You're always interrupting

the grown-ups' conversations.

Go up with your grandma.

Gome on, love.

It isn't the kid's fault.

- What did you want to tell me?

- Nothing. It was silly.

Good morning, father.

Are you up already?

Pilar told me you didn't

sleep a wink all night.

What do you expect?

And I'm so used to

the factory hours,

I was wide awake at 6:30.

What'll you do?

Look for something.

Why not try Anselmo's workshop?

He was very pleased with you.

The pig?

No, he's an exploiter.

And it's a lousy workshop.


Move, I'm going to shake the rug!

Wait a minute.

Go inside and close the door

or all the dirt will blow in.

Three weeks and I've found nothing.

Everyone's the same.

Marcos was lucky.

A good mechanic like you

will always get work.

Hey, Martin!

You're a great man!

- Hello, mother!

- Haven't you gone to work yet?

- Is anything wrong?

- I'll tell you now.

What is it you want to tell me?

- Tell him, Marcos.

- Yes, tell me.

I'm not with Pegaso anymore.

- They fired you.

- Why would they?

- He was third in his year.

- The second.

The first pulled a few strings,

we know.

What's up?

I wasn't fired.

I took the money and left.

What have you done?

Let him tell us.

- I've got a plan, father.

- What is it?

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