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Oscuros sueños de agosto (1968)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario (as Julian Mateos)
Dr. Segura (as Jose Maria Prada)
(as Candida Losada)
Laly Soldevila ...
Sofía (as Lali Soldevila)
Encarnita (as Mª Enriqueta Carballeira)
Gisia Paradís ...
(as Eloisa Muro)
María Vico ...
(as Maria Vico)
Juan Antonio Arévalo ...
(as Juan Antonio Arevalo)
Valentín Tornos ...
Tío de Ana (as Valentin Tornos)
José María Labernié ...
(as Jose Maria Labernie)


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Comedy | Drama




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10 March 1968 (Argentina)  »

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Oscuros sueños de agosto  »

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Referenced in Miguel Picazo, un cineasta extramuros (2016) See more »

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a middle-aged woman with depression meets her only daughter 18 yeas after she abandoned her husband
14 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a rather depressing story about a woman who suffers depression and returns to Spain from Venezuela, where she has been living with her wealthy lover. This woman, well played by a dubbed Viveca Lindfors, seeks treatment in an asylum which appears to be located near Madrid. Although they hadn't meet since she was a 4 years old child, her daughter (a dull Sonia Bruno) is not resentful, and joins the mother in the asylum, where the patient will undergo a psychodrama treatment. The plot revolves around both women's difficult relationships with their respective lovers, and the rich patients who surround the middle-aged (Viveca and Francisco Rabal) and young (Sonia Bruno and Julian Mateos) couples. Some other small characters which are quite interesting are patients such as a highly neurotic blonde bombshell actress (played by lovely Gisia Paradis), a bipolar and gossipy woman (Laly Soldevilla)...both providing a few very welcome camp humour relax moments to an otherwise very gloomy story. I liked the psychodrama session scene with Viveka and Rabal reenacting the scene that triggered her depression, and I think that the film was well handled, had good production values, good development of characters. Maybe the young couple lacked charisma, and some scenes were a little bit slow-paced. Francisco Rabal played his usual strong male-voiced masculine self, and if effective, I don't find him interesting. Viveca Lindfors was very compelling, and with her use of body and facial expressions managed to bring to life her not very appealing part of a depressed bourgeois housewife. Julian Mateos had a nice body at the time, and was OK as the tortured alcoholic and violent patient who seduces the visiting sweet Sonia Braga. Overall, a curious example of the Spanish attempt at a sort of new wave in the 1960's by the prestigious Miguel Picazo (La Tia Tula, 1964), and mainly recommended to Miss Lindfors' fans.

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