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Nunca pasa nada or Nothing Ever Happens is a 1963 Spanish-French drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bardem.[1] Starring a mixed cast of French and Spanish actors it was shot both in Spanish and French. It was a commercial flop at its time.

Nothing Ever Happens
Directed byJuan Antonio Bardem
Produced byCesáreo González
Written byJuan Antonio Bardem
Alfonso Sastre
Henry-François Rey
StarringCorinne Marchand
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Julia Gutiérrez Caba
Antonio Casas
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyJuan Julio Baena
Distributed bySuevia Films
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
95 minutes

The film was entered into the Venice Film Festival. Julia Gutiérrez Caba was named Best Actress in Spain by the Cinema Writers Circle, and received the Fotogramas de Plata prize.

Nunca pasa nada depicts an environment and some characters similar to the ones appearing in Bardem's great success, Calle Mayor (Main street), to the point that some critics nicknamed it disdainfully Calle Menor (Minor street). However, current evaluation of Bardem's works consider Nunca pasa nada a very appreciable film.


A French variety company travels across Spain coming back to France. The bus stops by a damage in a small village lost in Castile, named Medina del Zarzal. The vedette star Jacqueline (Corinne Marchand) is sick and she has to remain in the hospital where she is operated upon. The doctor (Antonio Casas) falls in love with her. She represents the freedom, the foreign country, the forbidden. Her presence in the village is a revolution for all the people: students, priests, rich men... The doctor's wife, Julia (Julia Gutiérrez Caba), has to fight with the love proposition made by the local French language teacher (Jean Pierre Cassel), the only person in town who can speak to the foreigner.



  1. ^ "Une femme est passée". Retrieved 2014-03-24.

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