The bizarre and healing honeymoon trip of a mother and her son

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The bizarre and healing honeymoon trip of a mother and her son

Dreamlike beaches, free drinks, relaxation at all hours… who wouldn’t want to get lost forever in a paradisiacal place like Mauritius? José Luis was going to go there on a honeymoon with Teresa, but she leaves him standing at the altar by a guy with the face of Andrés Velencoso. So, despite initial reluctance and in order not to miss out on a trip for which they do not return the money, the devastated boyfriend has no choice but to go on vacation with his insistent mother, who on her day did not have a moon of honey. At the resort they go to there is a very peculiar manager who plays Yolanda Ramos who makes it clear that this magical place is only for boyfriends. So the mother and son will have to play another role if they want to enjoy the stay.

The protagonists heading to Mauritius

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This is, broadly speaking, the plot of the comedy Amor de madre that Netflix premieres on April 29 with Paco Caballero (Where Two Fit) at the helm and Quim Gutiérrez and Carmen Machi as protagonists. Before, the film has passed today by the BCN Film Fest, where it participates in the section Cinema amb Gràcia. “It was an intense but fun shoot and not every time you do a comedy you need to have a great time. But the setting was wonderful and we enjoyed it,” he tells The vanguard Machi, who emphasizes that they suffered many mishaps because the pandemic affected a rough shoot, since it started in February 2020 in Mauritius and had to end in Tenerife.

To Machi, which this year also premieres the volunteer Y full of grace, he was struck by the premise that the film’s writers wanted to pay homage to their mothers, especially to the woman inside the mother who is sometimes very unknown to her children, and it was something that seemed wonderful to me . And then they told me that she was going to be accompanied by Quim and it was all totally yes because it was very important to know who was going to play the son, “she laughs.

It is the first time they have worked together and Gutiérrez confesses that he felt “a little intimidated at first but from the first meeting it was very easy”. The actor thought the project was an opportunity to tell a mother-son story as if it were a buddy movie and that behind this comedy premise between a guy who is left at the altar and not to lose the money trip goes with his mother and they have to pretend that they are a couple, tell a story of discovering what the figure of the mother is and self-discovery of recognizing himself, knowing what are the mistakes that have led him to the situation in which is”.

A fun Yolanda Ramos plays the resort manager

A fun Yolanda Ramos plays the resort manager

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And they discover that by traveling to a place as far away from home as possible. “When you get away from your routine and responsibilities you are free, but traveling with your son continually reminds you of what home is and you don’t leave the role of mother. Until a moment comes when Mari Carmen is freed and worries a little for her and she can start conversations with interesting and attractive men. But first she has to get rid of those loads that she has. And being so far away from her daily reality changes her completely and her return is different.”

Being so far from her daily reality completely changes Mari Carmen’s life and her return is different



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For Gutiérrez, “the richness of relationships is not in the absence of conflicts but in the resolution of these when they arise. I have fought a lot with my mother, but I have talked a lot with her. I feel very fortunate in the relationship I have. with my parents. The fundamental element is that despite the fact that there are entrenched things, communication is maintained and it is something that José Luis and Mari Carmen also have. They are great strangers to each other. Initially they were very close when I was little but in adolescence that conflict is generated and they do not resolve it. And that desire of the two to continue arguing is what allows their relationship to transform into something else. It may seem contradictory but it is not. In this trip that they make, the truths come out , they metabolize and turn into something else.”

Mari Carmen fully enjoys her stay on the island

Mari Carmen fully enjoys her stay on the island

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His character, moreover, is one of those who do not know how to be alone. He never has been. And he is already 40. Is it a generational thing? “I don’t know, but it’s quite common. And José Luis is from the book. He is someone who looks for the mother in his partners and at the same time settles into a relationship that he already saw was not going well. But if you go to leave someone it is better to leave or after the wedding or weeks before, not the day. In any case, this leads him to ask himself if the life he has makes him happy. What is not expected is that the referent of how to enjoy life be her mother, whom she sees as a dinosaur being that she rejects and suddenly sees her in a different context and is a woman capable of enjoying herself”.

José Luis does not expect that the reference of how to enjoy life is his own mother, a dinosaur being

Mari Carmen was promised a different life when she was not yet married; She hoped to travel, meet people, and after walking down the aisle, her dream fell apart. Her husband, who doesn’t pay much attention to her, has never taken her on a trip. Does she correspond to a fairly common profile among women her age? “I think so – answers Machi -; unfortunately not all of them are lucky enough to see that there is something else in their life and that other things can be done. It is an absolute reflection. I don’t know in which generation because things have changed a lot but there are many people who are still dedicated to a cause. In the case of Mari Carmen, when she sees that there is another way of living, she takes advantage of the opportunity. I encourage those women to do so. That they travel alone and solve things for themselves, that they take care of themselves and look cute for themselves, not for anyone. Most of them don’t do it because they don’t know what to do and what can be done.” Well, they are warned.

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