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The Impatient Alchemist (2002)

El alquimista impaciente (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 17 May 2002 (Spain)
Based on the critically acclaimed thriller by Lorenzo Silva, El Alquimista Impaciente will puzzle your mind from beginning to end. Ironic and intriguing story of two detectives in a society... See full summary »

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Patricia Ferreira

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Patricia Ferreira (adaptation), Enrique Jiménez (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Rubio ... Virginia Chamorro
Roberto Enríquez ... Rubén 'Vila' Bevilacqua
Chete Lera ... Dávila
Adriana Ozores ... Blanca Diez
Miguel Ángel Solá ... Zaldívar
Jordi Dauder ... Ochaita
Mariana Santangelo Goldman ... Patricia Zaldívar (as Mariana Santángelo)
Nacho Vidal ... Vasili
Josep Linuesa ... Egea
Miguel Zúñiga Miguel Zúñiga ... Marchena
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Eutimo
Antonio Mourelos Antonio Mourelos ... Comandante Pereira
Rafa Castejón Rafa Castejón ... Juez
Fidel Almansa Fidel Almansa ... Secretario Juzgado
Víctor Clavijo ... Guardia Ruiz
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Based on the critically acclaimed thriller by Lorenzo Silva, El Alquimista Impaciente will puzzle your mind from beginning to end. Ironic and intriguing story of two detectives in a society where ambition and corruption define the way of life; this story follows the efforts of Vila (Roberto Enriquez) and his partner Chamorro (Ingrid Rubio) in the investigation of the mysterious death of a nuclear plant worker bound-and-gagged in a shady motel room. You will forget to breathe as this dynamic duo uncovers the truth behind the murder!

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Spain | Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 May 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A türelmetlen alkimista See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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$620,920
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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No patience would be enough.
24 October 2003 | by FlauerPauerSee all my reviews

This was supposed to be a "thriller", so at least, anyone would expect a minimum atmosphere, a crime, a (or a couple of) suspect, Well... don't expect, if you're going to watch "El alquimista impaciente", you will have to get your expectations lower, much lower...

The story plot has a good beginning: Two cops have to investigate a strange crime in a small town. A man was found dead, in dark circumstances. He's married, 2 kids, no problems, no enemies. no apparent mobile. Two "federal" agents -from the Spanish "Guardia Civil"-are in charge of the investigation.

Ok, first 25 minutes are fine, let's say. But then, everything in the story becomes twisted and disjointed ... No matter how much attention you would pay on clues, characters' statements or how imaginative you would be. You wouldn't ever guess why this crime was committed, or why in such a way, or why did characters appear, or when movie's title does comes from, or why did you get 'til the end of the movie. Worst for me, is that I not only couldn't guess that all, I couldn't ever understand it!

This is a slow-paced, totally unclear "policial" film. I was disappointed such an actor like Miguel Angel Sola (one of my favorites) was completely wasted on a "two-or-three-spoken-lines" character. Cast makes its best, but the story is badly narrated. I love crime stories, and like Spanish cinema industry, but "El alquimista impaciente" is not definitely a good movie. You better save your time and money. Any classical King's Arthur film makes of Merlin a much intriguing and thrilling alchemist.


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