"why do you have the same musical in your music library 30 times"
"no you dont understand theyre not the same this is the original broadway cast, this ones the 2011 revival, this ones the original london cast, these are some demos and workshop recordings, this ones the german cast recording, this ones the spanish cast recording …"
Well, we imagined this question would pop up eventually…
Yeah, “8 apellidos vascos” (or “8 Basque surnames” in English) is a Spanish rom-com that’s beaten almost every record in the Spanish box office: it’s the filmed-in-Spanish best box-office earner of all times and the 3rd most watched movie in Spain ever, just behind Avatar (and experts reckon it’s going to beat it this weekend) and Titanic. Just imagine.
The script is signed by Basque scriptwriter Borja Cobeaga and it’s directed by Madrid-born Emilio Martínez-Lázaro. The movie tells the story of a Basque girl, Amaia, and a boy from Seville, Rafa, who ends up pretending he’s Basque to help the girl.
Personally, we were two of those rara avis who hadn’t seen it yet (see in the picture? it opened on March 14th) until this very week (perfect timing, anon!) Yes, we always have our reservations about Basque-themed movies, we don’t know exactly why, but we do. And although after watching it we consider “8 apellidos vascos” a nice, unpretentious funny movie, we really can’t understand this phenomenon. On the other hand, however, we must say that, yeah, of course the movie exaggerates absolutely everything (that’s the funny part, right?), but we don’t get why some people felt offended by it. You can’t please everybody, we guess…
So, if you’re interested, watch it. Probably you’ll miss quite a few jokes, but you’ll see some “Basque fashion” (if that even exists!), hear some very strong Basque accents (actor Karra Elejalde is sublime LOL), see reeeeally pretty Basque locations and, hey, it’s the first Spanish comedy about Basques so.. those are good reasons to give it a chance ^_~