Only Once in a Lifetime (1979)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This routine drama is about Dominguez (Miguel Robelo), a Chicano artist living in L.A. who is going through a difficult period of mourning for his dead wife. He lives alone with their dog and continues to paint in the way he wants -- which is not a style that anyone in the public is willing to buy. So his fortunes are in decline as well, and getting worse because the city will not allow him to have a vegetable garden on his property. A social worker tries to help him out, and a friendly schoolteacher is clearly more interested in him than in his paintings. The questions is then, will Dominguez snap out of it and will either of these two women be the catalyst?

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artist, dog, friendship, grief, help, immigrant, lifestyle, love, Mexican-American, painting, relationship, schoolteacher, self-esteem, teacher, wife