Luis, a young man of 20, arrives in London with his mother Noelia to do a course in economics at a summer university. The two of them stay with Noelia’s sister, who has been living in London for ten years or so. Shortly after their arrival, Luis’s mother has to go back to Madrid. She leaves her son in her sister’s care, asking her to make sure that he gets the most out of his summer in London and enjoys what life has to offer. Luis falls in love with his Aunt Olivia and they have a serious love affair. The plot thickens when Luis’s mother returns unexpectedly and discovers the relationship between her sister and her son. Given the circumstances, she decides to get herself a new life, too…
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During the mixing of “Allegre ma non Troppo” in London in January 1994, I got to meet some Spanish expatriates. The idea of a person who spends his life abroad appealed to me, and a few weeks later I went back to London with Joaquin Oristrell to start work on the script. We lived in a small rented apartment in the suburbs of South London, the kind of lodgings where only poor families, old people and immigrants lived. This is where our main character, Olivia, was born. (Fernando Colomo - excerpt from press kit)