Anything You Want (Todo Lo Que Tú Quieras)
Directed by Achero Mañas | SPAIN | 2010 | (Q&A)
Achero Mañas’s third feature imagines how a father might respond to being thrust into a role traditionally held by a woman. Leo and Alicia live together in Madrid with their four-year-old daughter, Dafne. Alicia spends the most time with their child while Leo is more concerned with his job at a law firm. All is well until Alicia’s unexpected death. Reeling from loss, Leo must find the strength to be both mother and father to Dafne. With the help of a new friend, Leo discovers a way to overcome his own prejudices about gender roles and provide his daughter with the kind of nurturing she needs during her difficult grieving period. As displayed in his previous work, Mañas has the ability to strike an emotional chord while presenting morally complex situations with intelligence and compassion. Complemented by stand-out performances by both Juan Diego Botto and four-year old Lucía Fernández, ANYTHING YOU WANT demonstrates the power of unconditional love. - Abridged from Toronto International Film Festival Director, Diana Sanchez
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