Plot & Details
A relationship suffers an unexpected blow during a long, hot summer in this drama from director Andres Waissbluth. Tomas (Pablo Macaya) and Helena (Tamara Garea) are a young couple from Chile who are spending the summer in Barcelona. While they love the city, it isn't long before they suspect they haven't chosen a good time to visit; a brutal heat wave sets in, and Tomas is wrestling with writer's block as he works on a proposal for a new self-help book. In the midst of a tense situation, Tomas and Helena are visited by Sandra (Andrea Garcia-Huidobro), who has troubling news. Sandra has been dating Helena's younger brother Jordi (Alex Brendemuhl), but he was involved in an accident while diving from a cliff, and no one has seen him since. The couple welcome Sandra into their home as she and Helena try to find out what has become of Jordi, but it isn't long before Tomas finds himself strongly attracted to Sandra, and in time Helena is also drawn to the younger woman's charms. 199 Recetas Para Ser Feliz (aka 199 Tips To Be Happy) was an official selection at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.