Despido Procedente (Movie)

Title — Despido Procedente
Available on — Prime Video, Apple TV
Production Country — Argentina, Spain
Release Date — 2017
A Spaniard working in Argentina sees his life upended after accidentally giving bad directions to a passerby, who demands compensation for the error.

🪶 Story & Synopsis

A successful Spanish executive, living in Argentina, finds himself entangled in a web of unforeseen circumstances after a chance encounter with a man he mistakenly gave wrong directions to, narrowly avoiding hitting him with his car.

The movie “Despido Procedente” follows the life of this executive as he becomes the target of relentless stalking and faces a series of unwanted events orchestrated by the man he unknowingly led astray. The film delves into the repercussions of this seemingly innocent mistake, unraveling a chain of events that disrupt the executive’s once orderly life.

As tensions escalate, the narrative takes unexpected twists, leading the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense. The Spanish protagonist’s world in Buenos Aires is turned upside down by the repercussions of his misguided actions, showcasing the intricacies of human interactions and the unforeseen consequences they can entail.

“Despido Procedente” encapsulates a blend of comedy, drama, and thriller elements, offering a unique perspective on the complexities of fate and the interconnectedness of individuals in a bustling city. With stellar performances by actors Imanol Arias and Darío Grandinetti, the movie navigates through themes of guilt, redemption, and the unpredictability of life.

🧑 Cast & Crew

Imanol Arias, Darío Grandinetti, Hugo Silva, Luis Luque, Miguel Ángel Solá, Tomás Pozzi, Valeria Alonso

Actor Role
Hugo Silva Sam
Luis Luque Eduardo
Miguel Ángel Solá Omar

💬 Reviews and feedback

Oh, hello there movie buffs! Grab your popcorn and get ready for a rollercoaster of misfortunes in the film “Despido Procedente.” Imagine a comedy of errors turning into a tragedy of errors; it’s like ordering a comedy pizza and receiving a tragedy salad instead. This Spanish-Argentinian production is not your typical feel-good movie; it’s more like a feel-bad-for-free kind of experience.

The plot revolves around a Spaniard working in Argentina whose life takes an unexpected turn after giving incorrect directions to a passerby who demands compensation for the mistake. What follows is a series of unfortunate events that make you cringe, gasp, and maybe even shed a tear or two (of laughter or pity, we’ll leave that up to you).

  • Acting and Characters: The performances in “Despido Procedente” are top-notch, with actors like Imanol Arias and Dario Grandinetti delivering stellar portrayals that keep you engaged throughout the film. The characters’ reactions to the escalating chaos are both relatable and absurd, adding depth to the comedy-drama fusion.
  • Direction: Kudos to director Lucas Figueroa for masterfully weaving together a narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The pacing is spot-on, never letting you catch your breath before throwing another curveball your way.
  • Cinematography and Production Design: The visuals in “Despido Procedente” capture the essence of both Spain and Argentina, creating a vivid backdrop for the unfolding chaos. The attention to detail in the production design adds layers to the story, making each scene visually compelling.
  • Special Effects and Editing: While not heavy on CGI or flashy effects, the editing in this film plays a crucial role in building tension and enhancing comedic timing. The seamless transitions between scenes keep the momentum going, ensuring that you’re never too far from the next twist.

Binge-Watching Tips: If you’re looking for a movie that will make you appreciate your own life by showcasing someone else’s series of unfortunate events, “Despido Procedente” is your go-to pick. Just remember to have some tissues handy – for tears of laughter or sympathy!

Now, imagine watching this film with friends and debating what you would do if faced with similar bizarre situations. Would you panic like the characters or find humor in the chaos? It’s like playing out hypothetical scenarios while munching on nachos – entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time!

In conclusion, “Despido Procedente” is not your run-of-the-mill comedy; it’s a blend of humor and drama served with a side of unpredictability. So buckle up for an emotional rollercoaster ride that will leave you questioning whether giving directions is really worth all this trouble.

Ratings: 8/10 – For keeping us entertained while making us cringe at life’s unpredictable nature!

Pros Cons
Amazing acting Unpleasant situations throughout
Wonderful script May make viewers feel bad
Keeps viewers on edge Not a funny or exciting movie
Plot twists keep the story engaging Succession of catastrophic misfortunes
Unique premise Overall negative tone


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  • Despido procedente | Rotten Tomatoes

    jesse o So, there’s very few movies that do this, but I’m completely stumped. I don’t know where to begin this review and how to end it. Well, ending it will be easier than starting it. I suppose it should be obvious that, if you’re a developed country, then, sadly, sooner or later your country will fall on tough economic times. My country is one of those right, after Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the island. Our economy was projected to be so bad, this is in 2017, that we were expected to be one of the world’s worst economies in 2018. Seriously. That’s how bad the hurricane was. And things prior to the hurricane weren’t great to begin with. There was a mass exodus of our people to the U.S (where we have legal citizenship), simply because people needed jobs to take care of their families. And, I guess, you could say that this movie deals with that, but in a smaller-scale focus in that it shows Javier, a Spaniard, who’s an executive at this company, trying to avoid mass firings as a result of a merger, or something. Quite frankly, and this is the biggest problem that I feel the movie faces, is that I’m never quite sure exactly what is going on at any given time. Regardless, the movie deals with Javier’s life being made a living hell by this man he gave wrong directions to for this job interview he had. And these are really the best parts of the film, even if I felt that the movie was a little bit repetitive in Javier and Ruben’s feuding. Obviously, nothing in the narrative is as simple as Ruben is really trying to blackmail Javier just because he lost out on a job interview. Things go much deeper than that. Javier trying to avoid mass firings, as his division and others are gonna be fused together, has everything to do with why Ruben is doing what he’s doing. So the story then becomes what Ruben’s endgame is and what he’s trying to accomplish and who he’s trying to accomplish it for. I suppose first things first and that is that the movie has a strong cast. Imanol Arias and Dario Grandinetti, Javier and Ruben respectively, are both great in this movie. They really are. There’s something about Dario’s performance that I really liked and I can’t really put my finger as to what it was that I liked about it. Maybe it’s his give-no-fucks attitude that I wish to carry with me for the rest of my life. But he’s really good here. Imanol Arias does a good job here as well, but there’s something about his appearance that gives off the vibe of a corporate asshole. That dissonance, at first, made it difficult to buy into him as our ‘hero’. Obviously, you eventually grow to like the man, considering that he’s, pretty much, being fucked left and right by everyone around him when all he’s trying to do is keep his employees from getting canned by the higher-ups. Eventually, and this will spoil things for RottenTomatoes, you find out that Ruben has been hired by Omar to make sure that Javier resigns from his position, because he feels threatened by Javier’s appointment to the board…or something. And, again, this is the biggest problem in the movie. The fact that, honestly, I don’t know what’s going on. I mean I certainly know what’s going on, but the way the movie handles it isn’t exactly inviting to viewers. Another thing I had a problem with is the fact that Ruben and Javier didn’t team up to take down Javier, and by extension the company, sooner. I think they wait until, maybe, the last 20 minutes to do so. Personally, I think it would have been better had we seen Ruben and Javier interact more as a group instead of enemies because, by the end of the flick, they try to sell you on the idea that Javier and Ruben became close friends. And that’s fine, I think Imanol and Dario do a good job at giving that vibe off, but it feels like it comes out of nowhere. There’s no real set-up to this for it to feel like they really became friends. It just feels like the stereotypical happy ending you’d get out of movies like these. Then again, nobody in the company faces any real consequences and the dog-eat-dog mentality continues to exist in the company, but Javier and Ruben are happy and they have money to start their own business together. I don’t know, this is definitely a mixed bag. Firstly, I think there’s potential here for a deliciously dark comedy featuring some social commentary and, really, you could make the case that it still has some of that. But it doesn’t have nearly enough of it for it to make much of an impact. The narrative is poorly handled in that sometimes you don’t even know what’s going on or why it’s happening. The casting is certainly good and the movie relies on them to do all the heavy lifting. Having said that, I don’t think this movie was bad in the slightest. It just lacks a consistent comedic tone and a better handling of its narrative. If it had that, I would not have had any problem giving this a higher rating. As it stands, the 2.5 is accurate. This is a decent movie and, really, those are difficult to make as it is. Watch at your own risk. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews

  • Despido procedente (2017) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb

    Despido procedente (2017)Full Cast & CrewDirected by

    Lucas Figueroa

    Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

    Lucas Figueroa (screenplay)
    Juanjo Muñoz (Based on the story “El acosador”)
    Javier Pascual (Based on the story “El acosador”)

    Cast (in credits order)Produced by

    Marcos Fajardo producer
    Lucas Figueroa producer
    Patricia Milanesi line producer

    Music by

    Federico Jusid

    Cinematography by

    David Azcano

    Editing by

    Pablo Marchetto (film edited by)

    Casting By

    Ana Sainz-Trápaga
    Patricia Álvarez de Miranda

    Art Direction by

    Curru Garabal

    Costume Design by

    Marce Martínez Bernales

    Production Management

    Pablo Barinaga location manager
    Pere Capotillo assistant production manager
    Patricia Milanesi production leader / production manager

    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

    Marta Almarcha additional second assistant director
    Fernanda Delpino assistant director
    Sergio Francisco first assistant director
    José Ramón Otegui second assistant director
    Cecilia Perolio second assistant director

    Art Department

    Carmen Albacete Gómez assistant props buyer
    Juan Alvear set dresser
    Carlos Jesús Domingo art department
    Susana Fernández set dresser
    Daniel Fumero graphic designer
    Meme Mateos Gómez property master
    Laura Millán graphic designer
    Ana Palazón assistant art director
    Elena Pardo set dresser
    Tanis Villar props
    Sandra Wahlbeck graphic designer

    Sound Department

    José E. Caldararo foley artist (as José Caldararo)
    Agustín Casola foley recordist
    Nicolas de Poulpiquet re-recording mixer
    Juan Ferro supervising sound editor
    Fabio Huete boom operator
    Patricia Milanesi sound / special thanks
    Rafael Millán a.d.r recordist / foley recordist
    Andrea Paralta dialogue editor
    Antonio Rodríguez ‘Mármol’ sound
    Sebastián Sonzogni foley artist

    Special Effects by

    Antonio Castillo special effects technician
    Antonio Molina special effects supervisor

    Visual Effects by

    Ramón Daza digital compositor
    Israel Fornes visual effects artist / visual effects supervisor
    Víctor Palacios López digital compositor
    Manex Zabala digital compositor


    Alejandro Bertero Álvarez stunts
    Pablo Casillas stunt double
    Roberto Freire stunt driver
    Ignacio Herráez stunt performer
    Abian Padrón stunt driver / stunt performer
    Tomás Paredes stunt performer
    Ramon Álvarez stunt performer

    Camera and Electrical Department

    David F. Mayo first assistant camera (as David Fernández)
    Roberto Fernández cameraman / first assistant camera
    Roberto López Carneiro video assist
    Josu Ortiz Aguirre second assistant camera
    Mario Torreiro second assistant camera

    Casting Department

    Iván Armesto extras casting director
    Marcelo Cortazzo extras coordinator (uncredited)

    Editorial Department

    Chema Alba digital intermediate colorist / head of digital intermediate
    Ester Pericas digital cinema mastering
    Pablo Polo mastering and deliverables

    Location Management

    Jaime Maellas location scout
    Jaime Polo assistant location manager
    Alejandro Zeper assistant location manager

    Music Department

    Juan Cortés music programmer/musician: guitar
    Vanessa Garde music producer / music programmer
    Gustavo Gini additional compositions: tango theme
    Pablo G. Schuller music mixer

    Script and Continuity Department

    Sandra Serna script supervisor

    Additional Crew

    Andrea Barrionuevo making of
    Álvaro Coín Plasencia production assistant
    Edwin Erazo Prat production accountant (as Edwin Erazo)
    Daniel Fumero poster designer
    Laura García production assistant
    Ezequiel Laborda production assistant
    Marta Longás making of
    Sonia M. Pardo additional production crew (as Sonia Martínez)
    María Posada additional production crew
    Alex Tortosa production trainee
  • Despido Procedente - Apple TV

    Despido Procedente

    A successful spanish executive living in Argentina, gets stalked by and faces a series of undesired situations created by a man he gives wrong directions to, after almost running over him with his car.Starring Imanol Arias, Darío Grandinetti, Hugo SilvaDirector Lucas Figueroa

  • Despido procedente (2017) - The A.V. Club



    Imanol Arias (Javier)Darío Grandinetti (Rubén)Hugo Silva (Sam)Miguel Ángel Solá (Omar)Luis Luque (Eduardo)Tomás Pozzi (Raulito)Valeria Alonso (Marita)Juan Grandinetti (Rufino)Paula Cancio (Cristina)Jorge Castro (Nacho)


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    A successful spanish executive living in Argentina, gets stalked by and faces a series of undesired situations created by a man he gives wrong directions to, after almost running over him with his car.



⚠️ Explanation (Spoiler)

Let’s dive into the movie “Despido Procedente” where the plot unfolds with a mix of comedy and drama, centered around the character of Aitor, a successful executive who unexpectedly gets fired from his job. This sudden turn of events leads Aitor to reassess his life and priorities, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

The film delves into the challenges Aitor faces as he navigates unemployment, dealing with the stigma attached to losing his job, and the impact it has on his relationships and sense of self-worth. Through a series of comedic yet poignant moments, Aitor learns valuable lessons about resilience, friendship, and the true meaning of success.

As Aitor embarks on a quest to find a new job, he encounters a colorful cast of characters who each play a role in shaping his perspective on life and work. From quirky colleagues to supportive friends, Aitor’s interactions with these individuals offer both humor and heartwarming moments that resonate with audiences.

Throughout the movie, viewers witness Aitor’s transformation from a corporate high-flyer to a more grounded and authentic version of himself. As he grapples with the challenges of job hunting and self-doubt, Aitor’s journey becomes a relatable and inspiring tale of resilience in the face of adversity.

Amidst the laughter and tears, “Despido Procedente” ultimately delivers a message of hope and empowerment, reminding audiences that setbacks can lead to new opportunities and personal growth. The film’s blend of humor, heart, and relatable themes makes it a must-watch for those seeking a feel-good story with a meaningful takeaway.

👪 Parents Guide & Age Rating


Age Rating:

“Despido Procedente” has been rated TV-MA (Mature Audience). This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and may not be suitable for children under 17.

Parental Guide:

Parents should be aware that “Despido Procedente” contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger viewers. Here is a detailed parental guide to help you make an informed decision:

Sex & Nudity: The movie contains mild sexual references and innuendos. There are no explicit sexual scenes or nudity.
Violence & Gore: There are some scenes of mild violence, including a character facing undesired situations and harassment. There is no graphic gore or intense violence depicted.
Profanity: Infrequent use of mild to moderate profanity and some crude language throughout the movie.

Overall, “Despido Procedente” is a comedy movie with elements that may not be suitable for younger audiences due to the mature themes and language used. Parents are advised to watch the movie first and then decide if it is appropriate for their children based on their maturity level.

📺 Streaming and where to watch

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❝ Quotes and Cult

  • Amazing acting, wonderful script, and a surprise that kept you on edge for the entire length of the movie. 10/10 for me.
  • The plot is very simple, yet things take a turn for the worst, and then the bizarre.

🤖Despido Procedente Reddit Talks

Despido Procedente (2017) is a Spanish-Argentine film directed by Lucas Figueroa. The film tells the story of a successful Spanish executive living in Argentina who gets stalked by and faces a series of undesired situations created by a man he gives wrong directions to.

The film has received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its performances and direction, while others criticizing its slow pacing and lack of originality. However, the film has been a hit with audiences, becoming one of the most popular Spanish-language films of the year.

One of the most common topics of discussion on Reddit is the film’s ending. Some users have praised the ending for its ambiguity and open-endedness, while others have criticized it for being too abrupt and unsatisfying.

Another common topic of discussion is the film’s social commentary. Some users have praised the film for its realistic portrayal of the economic and social problems facing Argentina, while others have criticized it for being too heavy-handed and preachy.

Overall, Despido Procedente is a well-made and thought-provoking film that is sure to spark discussion. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s a film that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it.

Here are some specific examples of the topics that have been discussed on Reddit:

  • The film’s ending: Some users have praised the ending for its ambiguity and open-endedness, while others have criticized it for being too abrupt and unsatisfying.
  • The film’s social commentary: Some users have praised the film for its realistic portrayal of the economic and social problems facing Argentina, while others have criticized it for being too heavy-handed and preachy.
  • The film’s performances: The film’s cast has been praised for their performances, with many users singling out Imanol Arias for his portrayal of the lead role.
  • The film’s direction: The film’s director, Lucas Figueroa, has been praised for his direction, with many users noting the film’s strong visuals and atmosphere.

Overall, Despido Procedente is a film that has sparked a lot of discussion on Reddit. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s a film that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it.

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❓ Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main plot of Despido Procedente (2017) movie?

Despido Procedente follows the story of a successful Spanish executive living in Argentina, who faces a series of undesired situations after giving wrong directions to a stranger, leading to his life being stalked and disrupted.

Who are the main actors in Despido Procedente (2017) movie?

The main cast of Despido Procedente includes Imanol Arias as Javier, Darío Grandinetti as Rubén, Hugo Silva as Sam, Miguel Ángel Solá as Omar, and Luis Luque as Eduardo.

What genre does Despido Procedente fall into?

Despido Procedente is categorized as a comedy movie set in Argentina, directed by Lucas Figueroa, featuring a storyline revolving around a Spanish employed facing challenging and humorous situations.

When was Despido Procedente (2017) released?

Despido Procedente was released in Spain on June 30, 2017, and in Argentina on September 21, 2017, with a total runtime of 90 minutes in the Spanish language.

Where can I watch Despido Procedente online?

You can watch Despido Procedente on streaming platforms like Prime Video, Apple TV, and other online platforms by renting or purchasing the movie to enjoy the comic yet unsettling story of the Spanish executive’s misfortunes in Argentina.

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