The wish list (2020), by Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo – Review

It is not excessively dramatic, although some scene knows how to moisten your eyes. It's fun, each character on his record.

The wish list is presented as a road movie where each protagonist will fulfill three wishes during the trip they make in a motorhome from Seville to the Sahara desert. This is a comfortable format for humor, for presenting a great variety of settings, characters and situations without giving too many explanations.

Two of the protagonists have just finished chemotherapy, where they have met, and thus a realistic, albeit dramatic, background is achieved, turning the heart towards the end. Carmen, a veteran of the disease, helps Eva to stop thinking about the results they will give them so that she can focus on the positive aspects of the trip. Mar, her best friend, is joining now that she is single and has things clear about her future.

The protagonists are María de León, Victoria Abril and Silvia Alonso, although recognizable faces from television also appear as Salva Reina (Malaka, 2019), Paco Tous (Paco's men, 2005), Andrés Velencoso (Velvet, 2018) or Boré Buika (Plastic sea, 2015).

A road movie where each protagonist will fulfill three wishes during the trip they make in a motorhome from Seville to the Sahara desert.

All three will end up changing someone's life, sleeping in the desert or in prison. As they ask in the list, more or less. These friends have very different characters, Eva carries an abandonment from the past, Carmen is the guide in this adventure and shows a deep love for her husband, while Mar is the wildest, although deep down she has a desire that her partner does not has been able to comply.

They are fun women, with their heads on their shoulders, although they want to free themselves for a few days and do everything they have not allowed themselves to do. It is not excessively dramatic, although some scene knows how to moisten your eyes. It's fun, each character on his record. Perhaps the amorous outcomes are uncomfortable, but it is a brooch that the public will like and does not clash in this type of film.

This trip is reminiscent of the recent Live twice (María Ripoll, 2019), also with three protagonists who face a journey before the disease progresses for one of them. Álvaro Díaz has already directed Lord give me patience (2017), which had some commercial success, and the least praised The Japan (2019), already with María León in the cast. Both films have been part of the Movistar + catalog. Without a doubt, this will have deeper shades than its predecessors, being similar to the work of 2017, which addressed the acceptance of the death of a relative, also with Silvia Alonso in the cast. Distributed by A contracorriente Films, it opens on May 29, with the rights of remake already sold to the United States before its premiere.


Synopsis Two friends sick with cancer will experience the great journey of their lives when they embark on a journey with another partner.
Address Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
Script Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
country Spain
Distribution María de León, Victoria Abril, Silvia Alonso, Salva Reina, Boré Buika, Paco Toys, Andrés Velencoso, Joaquín Núñez
Gender Comedy
Duration 102 min.
Original title The wish list
Premiere 05/29/2020

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