Live if Life – Movie Review
Director: Dani de la Torre
Writer: Albert Espinosa (Screenplay)
- Adrian Baena
- Juan del Pozo
- Raul del Pozo
- David Rodriguez
- Javier Casellas
Plot: Five friends spend one last summer together as they begin transitioning to adulthood.
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Live is Life starts as Rodri (Baena) is escaping the city life for the summer vacation, away from the school bullies. Joining his best friends Maza (Raul Del Pozo), Suso (Rodriguez), Garriga (Casellas) and the cancer-infected Alvaro (Juan del Pozo), the five look to have a summer adventure.
Rodri wants to lead the adventure to locate a plant that is meant to help cure medical problems. With the hope of helping Suso’s father who has been in a coma since an accident. This is an adventure the friends will remember for the rest of their lives.
Verdict on Live is Life
Rodri has been bullied at school and can’t wait to see his closest friends for the summer. His father is strict with him, but he has arranged a camping trip with his best friends. This sees him holding the group together and like them all escaping his life for a while.
Alvaro has cancer and has been going through his treatment with this time being his time with friends. His friends have kept him strong through the treatments and remain positive. He does have the most powerful scene in the movie, one that makes him stand out from the rest.
Maza is the twin brother of Alvaro, he always puts on a strong face despite his brother’s illness. He will get a chance to show his sensitive side when he reveals how he truly feels.
Suso gets to go on his own journey along the way, one unlike the rest of the group. He will show a greater level of maturity too. The journey is mostly for him, in an attempt to find a cure for his father.
Garriga is the fifth member of the group, he tends to worry more than the rest, being nervous a lot of the time. He suggests the party the group could go to and gets to have his own big moment in life there.
This movie has an excellent cast between the five young stars who show exceptional chemistry on their adventure. Each cast member has a moment to shine, through the adventure. Juan del Pozo has the stand-out moment, but the rest get the emotional moments too.
The story follows five friends that are looking to have a summer adventure. One of the group is ill having to fight cancer, this trip gives the friends a coming-of-age story to remember.
When it comes to coming-of-age tales, it is all about the connection between the friends and the adventure they go on to find themselves. This story manages to make every single member of the group have an important life moment. One that they share with their best friends, so they can see the struggles they are going through.
For a coming-of-age tale, this is easily one of the best and most mature ones you will see in years. The friendship and connection between friends are so strong, that the emotion is pure and will bring a tear to your eyes.
Live is Life is an adventure comedy coming-of-age tale. Taking our characters through an amazingly beautiful Spanish countryside as they search for a flower. They will get themselves into trouble along the way, but most importantly they solve the problems together, as friends.
Where to Watch: Live if Life is on Netflix now.
Final Thoughts – Live is Life is a brilliant coming-of-age tale, filled with joy, emotion and tears, proving friendship is key to life.