THE COMMERCIAL FILM OF THE WEEK
LORD, GIVE ME PATIENCE (SEÑOR, DAME PACIENCIA) (2017) by Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
“And the moment will arrive that the souls will be confused in one heart”
“Lord, give me patience” (“Señor, dame paciencia”) is a familiar choral comedy and the third film as a director of Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo, which gets the laughter assured through stereotypes and clichés, something that usually works, just as their predecessors; the successful “8 Apellidos vascos” and “8 Apellidos catalanes”, and also the blockbuster and hilarious “Es por tu bien”. And it succeeds!
Gregorio is a strict, conservative father of Real Madrid who has three children whom he doesn’t accept as they are for various reasons, the most important because they have couples completely different from what he would like them to be. The mother, who is determined to reconcile and unite the family, suddenly dies and Gregorio is forced by his children to fulfill her last will, which is to spend a weekend together with their respective couples in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and spread its ashes there.
The film begins in a discreet way and is slowly gaining interest until it gets very entertaining with really funny moments. Let’s talk about the characters. In my opinion they are all fabulous, but I have my favorites.
With Rossy de Palma, who plays the role of wife and mother of the three children, I was laughed every time she appeared in an original and hilarious way – bravo by the script also written by the director – teaching her husband how to behave as a real human being. It’s great and I can not imagine another actress better for the role. With the father, Gregorio, who performs his character the actor Jordi Sanchez, that I laugh again every time I remember their dialogues.
The three children, their respective couples and the rest of secondary are all great; especially emphasize the one who plays the partner of one of the daughters, an antisystem hippy, “Perro flauta” as Gregorio calls it, because it’s very funny, very good performance by the actor Salva Reina.
Also the character of the priest by the excellent actor Paco Tous, what funny moments!
For me the most important thing about the film is that above the laughter, smiles and some tears of emotion, I’m left with the great message of respect for the idiosyncrasies of the people invited by the film, so necessary in all times, beyond skin colors, nationalities, sexual, ideological, cultural, political or religious orientations; and to look at what unites us and not differences; because in the end we have all in common the same momentum: we want to be happy and each one seeks or finds it in his own way.
Beethoven expressed it almost 200 years ago beautifully in his extraordinary Ninth Symphony calling us all to unite us as “Brothers, children of the Elysee”.
And also, as it sings to us in the beautiful song of Nacho Cano “Vivimos siempre juntos” that is so properly placed in the soundtrack of the film: “We paint in the sky the flag of affection and the moment will arrive that the souls will be confused in one heart”.
Will it take many more films like this to raise awareness of humanity that we are essentially the same?
Because we have been millennia without change.
For this we will have, among other things, to listen more to the heart and less to the separatist ideas of the head, and as Nacho Cano says in his quoted song; “To forbid the mind to be confused with memories”.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.
Our rating: (4/5)