When the troubled son of an NGO worker refuses to take a test and announces that he is not leaving his room, his concerned mother asks one of her clients, a Cuban exile, for help in setting the boy straight. Gonzalo has decided to drop out of school, and his mother Ana isn’t sure how to convince the boy that he’s making a crucial mistake. Ana’s client Carlos is a Cuban exile who makes his living selling cigars and artwork on the black market. When Carlos learns of Ana’s dilemma, he calls on recently released convict Mikel to teach the boy how to play chess. Perhaps is young Gonzalo can master the game, he can learn to start living again. As the lessons get underway, each of these characters learns that in order to truly move on with their lives they much first break free of the bonds that prevent them from being who they really are.
Eliseo is ugly, lame and single. He hasn’t met the woman of his life and has never known love. Nati is ugly, missing a breast and separated. She found the man of her life but, even so, has never experienced true love. Eliseo thinks that the worst of his life is still to come. Nati thinks that the best of her life is still to come. The death of Eliseo’s mother reunites them twenty years on in a last chance to find happiness and love. But what happens when the woman of your life is married to your brother
In 17th century Spain Diego Alatriste, a brave and heroic soldier, is fighting in his King’s army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and, near to death, asks Diego to look after his son and teach him to be a soldier.
When Julián receives an unexpected visit in Madrid from his lifelong friend Tomás, who now lives in Canada, the encounter is bittersweet. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián is focused on putting his affairs in order, while Tomás is still grasping at hope. For four intense days, the two men, accompanied by Julián’s faithful dog, Truman, tour the city, sharing emotional, hilarious and surprising moments.
The film is an ensemble comedy written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.