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Long Live Death (1971)

Viva la muerte (original title)
At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest. His mother is religious, sympathetic to the Fascists; his father is ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Anouk Ferjac ...
La Tante
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La Mère
Mahdi Chaouch ...
Fando
Ivan Henriques ...
Le Père
Jazia Klibi ...
Thérèse
Suzanne Comte ...
La Grand-mère
Jean-Louis Chassigneux ...
Le Grand-père
Mohamed Bellasoued ...
Colonel
Victor Garcia ...
Fando - 20 ans
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At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest. His mother is religious, sympathetic to the Fascists; his father is accused of being a Red. Fando discovers that his mother may have aided in his father's arrest. Sometimes we witness Fando imagining explanations for what's going on; sometimes we see him at play, alone or with his friend Thérèse. Oedipal fantasies and a lad's natural curiosity about sex and death mix with his search for his mother's nature and his father's fate. Will Fando survive the search? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Fando is up at the lighthouse and urinates on the city, a hose behind his legs is clearly visible at times. See more »

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The barbarity of totalitarianism as seen through a boy's nightmares.
2 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wife's betrayal of her husband, leads to a son's nightmares about his father's disappearance, torture and murder at the hands of a totalitarian state.

His visions are made literal with brutal, grotesquely eschatological and scatological imagery.

Do not expect linear narrative; the feverish imaginings of the boy are the plot, much like paging though Goya's "The Disasters of War", and "Caprichos", or a long leisurely look at one of Bosch's more apocalyptic paintings, to which there are visual allusions in the film, the narrative is driven by episodes of ever- increasing malaise, which give it its power.

A special treat, and little masterpiece of horror all unto itself, are the beginning credits, with a haunting song sung by children over monstrous, but beautiful, drawings by Roland Topor.

Invite the whole family over for a screening; you'll forever after feel like a functional family unit.


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