Second Round

Second Round

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Director: Daniel Cebrian

Cast: Alex Gonzalez, Eva Marciel

     
 

Daniel Cebrian's gritty coming-of-age drama Segundo Asalto (AKA Round Two, 2006), concerns Angel, a twenty-year-old loner and an aspiring boxer with extremely poor career prospects. When Angel encounters Vidal, a career criminal who aggressively tries to persuade him to take "the easy route" by participating in a series of bank robberies, he is virtually…  See more details below

Overview

Daniel Cebrian's gritty coming-of-age drama Segundo Asalto (AKA Round Two, 2006), concerns Angel, a twenty-year-old loner and an aspiring boxer with extremely poor career prospects. When Angel encounters Vidal, a career criminal who aggressively tries to persuade him to take "the easy route" by participating in a series of bank robberies, he is virtually torn in two directions - forced to choose between the familiar environment of the boxing ring, and the seemingly "easy" route to which Vidal beckons. As a result, Angel's sense of stability begins to crack and weaken under this external pressure, and he starts to lose his bearings. But ironically, by responding to Vidal's proposition, Angel can determine his core values and goals and the direction of his life, and thus gain the inner strength necessary to move forward.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
UPC:
0667443586142
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Picture This
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Director Interview; Actor interviews; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer; Coming attractions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Darío Grandinetti Actor,Vidal
Alex Gonzalez Angel
Eva Marciel Actor
Alberto Ferreiro Actor
Maru Valdivielso Actor
Laura Aparicio Actor
Pepo Oliva Actor
Francesc Orella Actor

Technical Credits
Daniel Cebrian Director,Screenwriter
Gonzalo Berridi Cinematographer
Marta Blasco Art Director
Jaime Fernandez Sound/Sound Designer
Gustavo Ferrada Producer
Buster Franco Editor
Romana Gonzalez Makeup
Ivan Marin Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Miguelez Score Composer
Eva Muslera Producer
David Rodriguez Sound/Sound Designer
Helena Sachis Costumes/Costume Designer
Andres Santana Producer
Imanol Uribe Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good Boy
1. The Colombian [4:12]
2. Reyes' Son [6:33]
3. Underemployment [1:45]
4. Dinner Invitation [6:53]
5. Facing Eviction [6:51]
6. New Job [4:53]
7. Agency Work [8:19]
8. At the Fights [4:52]
9. Trial Run [6:18]
10. Too Much Money [3:53]
11. Third Man [5:11]
12. Doubts [5:25]
13. Planning [8:44]
14. Reunion [3:47]
15. The Illicitano [8:51]
16. Getaway [4:51]
17. Disapperances [4:49]
18. Long Term Plans [6:35]
19. End Credits [4:18]

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Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
THE GOOD BOY ( aka SEGUNDO ASALTO and ROUND TWO) is a superb little film from Spain, written by Imanol Uribe based on a story by director Daniel Cebrián. For some reason the film was marketed in the US as a gay themed movie, probably because of the poster/DVD jacket of star Álex González' finely trained torso. Viewers should be alerted that this is not a film with a gay theme but instead a film that focuses on the universal theme of coming of age, this particular time in the seedy sector of South Madrid. With a cast of fine actors well directed by Cebrián this is a superbly woven tale that makes no judgments, but instead encourages the viewer to participate in viewing the struggles of a young lad who wants to make a better life for himself and his single mother.

Angel (Álex González) devotes his time and hopes for success as a boxer under the guidance of his father-figure trainer Paco "El Tigre" (Pepe Oliva), a man who is idealistic and wants Angel to win the big fights when he is physically ready, not when the fight can be 'bought'. Money struggles at home and emotional struggles set the stage for the entrance on Vidal (Darío Grandinetti), a mysterious ex-boxer who has returned to Spain from Argentina, has occult bonds with Angel's family, and introduces Angel to the underground world of crime. Angle's needs to provide for his mother and to attempt to rise in the world encourage him to participate in a bank robbery with Vidal. Once bitten by the bug of easy money Angel bonds with Vidal, brings in his best friend to join in the easy money , and marches toward what will become a tragedy. How Angel rationalizes his diversion from his passion for the boxing ring to the seductive world of Vidal's design leads to an ending of the film that is left open to the viewer's decision as to Angel's future. The final scene is one of great beauty and emotional power - boxing in the ring becomes a subtle metaphor.

Boasting a strong cast of actors, this film succeeds on many levels: it is a solid story with an open ending, it is beautifully photographed by Gonzalo F. Berridi to heighten the mood of the film, and the accompanying musical score by Iván Miguélez maintains the flavor of the sparing. This is a very fine Spanish film that deserves a wide audience. In Spanish with English subtitles. Grady Harp