The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – After last month’s movie release, the feeling that Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido has struck accord with Ticos is evident, breaking box office records and making local film history. With close to 300,000 views in its first 30 days, it’s clear that Costa Ricans and foreigners relate to this movie in more ways than one.
With a population of about 4.5 million and 80% of them living in the Capital (San Jose) or its surrounding area, it’s common they know a family member or friend that has relocated to city from their rural farm life. This particular aspect of the movie is what has made it such a great success and is also the reason why expats should take time to go see it. Sure you’ll need to be somewhat fluent in Spanish to get the whole gist of the movie, but even if your Spanish is a little rusty, if you’ve lived here long enough, you’ll recognize a lot of what goes on.
Maikol Yordan (actor Mario Chacon) is a humble, good-natured man. His greatest desire is to get a job that will help raise his children and bring money everyday to his 8 sons and his wife, Concepción. One day the family receives a notice from the bank in which are told they have to keep up with payments or lose the farm where he lives with his family and parents. Maikol Yordan – who’s not dull or lazy – starts looking for any work but the opportunity is denied wherever he goes. On the other hand, the evil Mr. Malavasi (Mexican actor Adal Ramones) pushes the bank’s lawyers to foreclose on their land so he can expand his empire. Not knowing what else to do to save his family’s home, Maikol enters a contest announced on the radio, that will take him to Europe in search of money to rescue the farm.
The film, directed by Miguel Gómez and starring Mario Chacon, was filmed on location in Costa Rica and Europe. The witty screen play and scenes describe the colloquial way of live in rural Costa Rica with a touch of Tico humor.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica
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