"They did not bring down the government in Cairo's Tahrir by doing meditation sessions and offering free popcorn," remarks a young policeman. "Part of their problem here... is that they don't have tanks to confront."
Bardem turns in a performance that prompts thorough praise even though the film has accrued mixed critical reaction.The scruff-faced star talked at length on the travails of making this film in Barcelona's tough immigrant neighborhoods.
I flew to Amsterdam from New York a couple of days ago, connecting through Madrid with a long layover. So happenstance offered me a paired glimpse of the two capitals from the World Cup final: red winner, orange loser.
Ignacio Mas, Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, took time off from his hectic schedule at the recent GSM Alliance Congress in Madrid to speak to me over coffee.