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SAN SEBASTIAN — “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) may be the most seen of Spanish series this year. Leticia Dolera’s still-to-bow “Perfect Life,” however, is the most laureled, sweeping at April’s 2nd Canneseries TV festival both best series and best special performance for its female leads, Dolera herself, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán, from a jury presided over by “Dark” co-creator Baran bo Odar.
Sold by Beta Film and a Movistar+ Original Series – as women’s voices are heard ever more in its line-up – “Perfect Life’s” full series now world premieres at the San Sebastian’s big screen Velodrome – a sign of its perceived broad audience appeal.
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“Winning Canneseries, up against ten other series at a place where Leticia wasn’t well-known, is one of the loveliest things that has happened to me,” says Domingo Corral, Movistar+ head of original fiction.
He adds: “Leticia’s series talks about women’s reality in this stretch of life when they are balancing up whether they’ve achieved what they wanted, or can live with what they’ve achieved, and have to accept their imperfections, if they haven’t done already.”
Fun - Punches - Life - Models - Success
Seemingly light, fun, but not pulling its punches, “Perfect Life” shows those models for success being set early in childhood. “Hello, I’m Lady Di, and I’d like to buy a flat,” says a little girl’s voiceover in the first scene of “Perfect Life,” in a retro flashback. Cut to some 25 years later and the little girl, now 30something María, is actually buying a flat, until her fiancee baulks at signing a 25-mortgage and walks out on her.
Left at the altar, in house buying terms, the manic control-freak María lets herself go, has a one-night stand with Gary, the gardener, who has an intellectual disability. Meanwhile, her bet friend Cris is taking the pill behind the back of her husband...
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