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The Garden of Delights (1970)
"El jardín de las delicias" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  3 May 1972 (Sweden)
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The greedy relatives of an amnesic and paralytic 45 years old millionaire try him to recover his memory by any means.



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Julia Peña ...
Mayrata O'Wisiedo ...
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Alberto Alonso ...
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Eduardo Calvo ...
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Marisa Porcel ...
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Surreal look at a family's attempts to shock, bully, frighten, coach, and cajole Antonio Cano into regaining his memory and his management powers after an auto accident. He's middle-aged, wealthy, the leader of a family corporation. After the accident he can't remember his Swiss bank account numbers, can't sign documents, and can't lead his board of directors. His father needs Antonio's recovery to keep family control of the corporation, and Antonio's wife, children, and mistress want access to Antonio's money. They stage elaborate recreations of traumas in his childhood that mix with his own memories and hallucinations. Will they succeed? Will he come out of it? Written by <>

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Dreams, daydreams, and staged psychodrama
31 May 1999 | by (Reston VA) – See all my reviews

A disturbing mixture of real events, dreams, daydreams, and staged psychodramas, make this a difficult film to follow, let alone enjoy. It seems that the main character, a factory owner, has been paralyzed in a car crash in which his mistress was also injured, and his family attempts to restore him to health by various types of shock therapy. Their motives may be benign yet they are also interested in information that will give them access to Antonio's wealth. But it's not always clear what is happening to whom, nor whose viewpoint we are seeing, nor even if Antonio is recovering. And none of the characters is particularly pleasant, so you might find yourself losing interest in what happens. On the other hand, my confusion may be due to a cultural distance from Spanish surrealism (although the films of Bunuel are among my very favorites!). If you seek a new experience and are well-rested, give it a try, but there is so much more out there.

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