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El extraño viaje (1964)

| Comedy, Crime | 1964 (Spain)
Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »

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Fernando
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Ignacia Vidal
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Beatriz López
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Paquita Vidal
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Venancio Vidal
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Pepe
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Doña Teresa (as Mª Luisa Ponte)
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Graciliano
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Cosme
Goyo Lebrero ...
Félix
Emilio Santiago
Luis Domínguez Luna
Rafael Alcántara
Cayetano Torregrosa
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Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears her sister tell somebody about her intention to sell all the family wealth. Once the money is gathered, she wishes to travel to Paris with the mysterious person and get rid of her brother and sister. Paquita and Venancio are terrified... Written by Babalú

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Voted seventh best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

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Withering examination of humanity in a small Spanish village
5 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"El extraño viaje" (1964) or "Strange Voyage" is a bold film that examines people in a small Spanish town. The two who come off best are two women. One is a sexy young woman who likes to dance and dreams of being a model or a star or an entertainer. Her ambition is healthy and she's not a loose woman. She's naive and the accordion player in a band that visits the town once a week has designs on her while helping her to rise. The other woman is older, late twenties or even thirtyish, and she's in love with the singer and guitar player in the band. He's averse to marriage and strings her along.

The people in the town are gossipy and repressive and getting to a mean edge. The local haberdasher is a very acid woman who becomes very angry, out of all proportion, when a corset in her store goes missing. The three main characters are certainly not stereotyped. They are two sisters and a brother who live in a big house and have money and property; they supply wine.

This picture is now lauded and rightly so. Its story is intriguing. The screenplay is incisive and expertly juggles many views of the village with the main plot. The direction holds us in suspense and delights us. It has mysterious components. I have seen this film mentioned in the noir category by a reputable critic.


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