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 »
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. Terrified, Paquita and Venancio confront their sister's aggressions and kill her accidentally. Written by
A splendid film of Fernando Fernan Gomez, that mixes comedy, drama and intrigue
In a small village of provinces, close to the capital, lives a family of three members: the dominant and serious "Ignacia" (Tota Alba) and two brothers timid and receding, called "Paquita" (Rafaela Aparicio) and "Venancio" (Jesus Franco). The life monotonous of the village is only broken on Saturdays, when a whole musical of Madrid "Los Guacamayos", comes to entertain with their songs the weekend. A Saturday of a storm, "Paquita" and "Venancio", timid, hear noises and are directed toward the room of her sister. There believe view a fourth person. His sister "Ignacia" denies "El extraño viaje" is a magnificent portrait of the time, where the village and its people are photographed without hiding any of the extravagant, whims and secrets that shared by all the Spaniards. It is a film that mixes terror, comedy, drama, and thriller, based distantly in an actual event called "the crime of Mazarrón", and the argument occurred to him to the master Luis G. Berlanga, nothing less.
The film gives the return to a series of topics Spaniards and stages, achieving, under a looks quite traditional, a film entirely modern and that has been, unfortunately, as something isolated in the Spanish cinema. "El extraño viaje" is one of those films that are not accommodated at the time the exhibited. Fernando Fernan Gomez, who was one of the first Spaniards actors in move to the address, in his work as director, left us several jewelry that in spite of the time still like, perhaps because they are stories with great simplicity, which show the simple life.
The film has a good photography of José F. Aguayo, and some magnificent natural scenes.
"El extraño viaje" has an indent impeccable that keeps you in suspense throughout the film. Fernan Gomez directs masterfully to their actors and ensures that all members of the cast are perfect.
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