THAT WAS LIFE

David Martín de los Santos - Coming of Old Age, 104' - TIFF Tokyo & Cluj, Seville Best Actress

2020

España

Fiction, Drama

1h 47m

Maria's stable, retired life drastically changes when the condition of a young patient sharing a hospital room abruptly worsens. This road movie celebrates human dignity with the ageless possibilities of life.

SYNOPSIS

Two Spanish women from different generations coincide in a hospital room in Belgium. María (Petra Martínez) has been living there for decades after emigrating when she was young, and Verónica (Anna Castillo) is a girl recently arrived in search of opportunities she never found in Spain. A strange friendship is forged between them which will lead María to set out on a return journey to the south of Spain with an unusual mission. What begins as a journey in search of Verónica's roots will become an opportunity to question certain principles on which she had based her life.

FESTIVALS

FESTIVALS:

AWARDS

  • Best Actress (Petra Martinez), Seville European Film Festival

  • Best Actress (Petra Martinez), Transylvania Film Festival

  • Best Film of the Festival, Best Feature, Best Director, Liverpool International Film Festival

  • Audience Award, Youth Award, and the Best Actress Award - Cinehorizontes Marseille Film

  • Best Movie and Best Young Acting Career (Anna Castillo), Abycine

  • Best Actress (Petra Martinez) and Best Opera Prima, Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival

  • Young Audience Award, Merida Inedit Film Festival

  • Best Film and Best Actress (ASECAN)

  • 2nd Best First Film Award and Canal Sur to Best Career (Petra Martinez), Almeria International Film Festival 2020 

  • Equality Award, Tudela First-Films Festival

  • Best International Career, Biznaga Paradise City

  • ALCINE

  • MUSOC- Asturias

  • Best Director, Casares New Andalucian Film Festival

QUOTES

  • "A rapturously moving debut." SCREEN DAILY

  • "A gem" HARPER'S BAZAAR

  • "Surprising and deeply moving" THE PLAYLIST

  • "Heartbreakingly tender." ELLE

  • "An actress in a state of grace." CINEMANIA

  • "An illuminating glimmer about the possibility of reinventing oneself." CINEUROPA

  • "Life Was That shows us second chances, even if they come a little late." TIMEJUST

  • "Fantastic" ECARTELERA

  • "Interpretative duel in a film that we already sense that it takes off at the Malaga festival and we don't know where it will land." RTVE

  • "Older women who, all of a sudden, discover the grace of everything lost. And that ranges from the most obvious freedom to the much more obvious sex." EL MUNDO

  • "The film is more about showing than telling when its qualities come to the fore with greater force and conviction." CAIMAN MAGAZINE 

  • "The cracks and escape routes that are opening up in the middle of that journey, dead times that unfold simultaneously as reflections of the evolution of a country and its inhabitants." CAIMÁN CUADERNOS DE CINE

  • "A film that considers at all times how to show what is being said without ever deciding between form or text." MUTACIONES MAGAZINE

  • "David Martín de los Santos arrives with a strong footprint. La vida era eso is a portrait full of sensitivity, love for life, and with two women who eat up the screen: Petra Martínez and Anna Castillo." LA FM RADIO.

  • "Humble, emotional and intimate. Excellent performances by Anna Castillo and Petra Martínez, awarded for her role at the Seville Festival. It has been a real gift to enjoy this feature film". MOOBYS

  • "In short, "La vida era eso" meets expectations and premieres at the Seville Film Festival with a resounding success both for the depth of its story and for the liveliness of its characters" VAVEL