Spanish Cinema Now

That Happy Couple


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That Happy Couple
Esa Pareja Feliz | Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, 1953
Spain | 83 minutes

In this satire of Franco’s economic policies, film technician Juan pursues get-rich-quick schemes while his sweepstakes-obsessed wife Carmen seeks an end to their financial woes through coupons and giveaways. But when they are chosen by a soap company to be “That Happy Couple” for one day — and get showered with gifts —they discover that money doesn’t solve everything. And it might even make things worse...  Blending elements of Neorealism and theater, Berlanga and Bardem’s collaboration took aim at consumerism and the harsh socioeconomic realities of postwar Spain.

Series: Spanish Cinema Now

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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