Nobody’s Life (2002)

“My wife has it in for me.”

In Nobody’s Life (La Vida de Nadie) Emilio (Jose Coronado) is a successful economist who works at the prestigious Bank of Spain. He’s happily married to the attractive Agata (Adriana Ozores) and together they have a son named Sergio. Emilio is so talented when it comes to money matters that all of his relatives and even his best friend, Jose (Roberto Alvarez) hand over their money for Emilio to invest. Emilio insists that he prefers to deal in cash, and no one seems to find this a bit fishy.

Things begin to unravel for Emilio when Jose announces that he and his wife are getting divorced. Jose must move out of the family home, and he needs money in order to furnish his new place. So he turns to Emilio and explains that he needs some of his invested money back. But the money hasn’t been invested, and Jose’s divorce is just the beginning of Emilio’s troubles. It seems that Emilio’s life is a complete lie, and the pressure is now on to keep everyone deceived. Meanwhile, Emilio experiences a powerful attraction towards his son’s babysitter, Rosana (Marta Etura)–a young girl who’s seeking a scholarship.

Nobody’s Life is from Spanish director Eduard Cortes, and this is an incredibly well paced, well-acted drama. The film grows slowly in intensity until it reaches an extremely tense, riveting conclusion. Timeout and L’Adversaire are both recent foreign films that deal with a similar theme, and if you enjoyed either of those titles, you’ll like Nobody’s Life. Nobody’s Life is not as cerebral as Timeout, and not as ominous as L’Adversaire, but it’s a very clever film complete with twists and turns that keep the viewer focused on Emilio’s constant, slippery efforts to escape detection. Emilio’s attraction to Rosana adds a great deal of depth to the drama as the relationship allows him to escape into further deceptions–and at this point it’s obvious that it’s necessary for Emilio to deceive himself above all others. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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