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The young but traveled Ana (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives in a manor in
the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a
dysfunctional family: the matriarch (Rafaela Aparicio) is a sick old
woman obsessed by death and having constant nervous breakdown; her son
José (José María Prada) was raised dressing girl's clothes until his
First Communion and is obsessed by military clothes and stuffs; Juan
(José Vivó), the father of the three girls, is a pervert since his
childhood that writes pornographic letters to Ana; his wife Luchy
(Charo Soriano) has suicidal tendencies; and the mystic and religious
eremite Fernando(Fernando Fernán Gómez), who was inflicted to
flagellation in his childhood, lives recluse in a cave. The presence of
Ana disturbs the three brothers with tragic consequences.
In the 70's, "Ana y los Lobos" was very successful in Brazil and one of my favorite movies of my adolescence. This film is actually a political allegory of Franco's dictatorship in Spain, with the mother and the three brothers representing the Spanish society of those times. The omnipotent mother is the old Spain; the oppressive José represents the authoritarianism of the military government of Franco; Juan the repressed sexuality and Fernando the Catholic Church. The story is bizarre with a weird atmosphere and characters and top-notch performances, with Geraldine Chaplin extremely beautiful and sexy. The DVD released in Brazil by the Brazilian distributor Platina Filmes is actually a VHS converted to DVD, with low-quality of image. The worst is the unforgivable and shameful mistake in the subtitles in Portuguese that wrongly translates, for example, "seho" (seal, in English) as cello, misleading in a non-sense way the viewer that can not understand Spanish. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Ana e os Lobos" ("Ana and the Wolves")
I must admit that I liked this film a little less than Cria Cuervos and Elisa Vida Mia. The reason is that its political allegory is too straightforward. But I liked the doomed atmosphere of the film. The character of Fernando (the religious brother) is unforgettable, and his interaction with Ana is the most interesting storyline in the film as she is both appalled by him and attracted to his way of life, as if understanding why he wants to escape from the world. By the way, the actor Fernando Fernan-Gomez also plays Geraldine Chaplin's dying husband in the movie 'City of no limits'. There is a touching moment when the whole family gathers looking at the horny brother's wife attempting suicide, Ana hugs one of the girls and then Fernando takes the girl away from her. The ending of the film is too abrupt, but I still recommend Ana y los lobos to anyone who likes the film of this director.
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A drama made in 1973 under the direction of experienced master Carlos
Saura and with an active starring of then young Geraldine Chaplin
(Ana). Ana is a non- Spanish lady coming to work to a big residence as
a baby- sitter. There she finds a family consisting of three brothers
and their mother, two of them single and the other one married with
three daughters. The presence of Ana caused a kind of revolution in the
house. She was young, good-looking and using normal provocative clothes
of that time. The married man became crazy about her, and started
sending letters declaring his desires to be with her using different
names and origin in the letters. Obviously, this was at the end known
by the eldest brother, who was less attracted by Ana, but wanted her to
take care of his room-museum of military clothes. He also used to
practice shooting. The last brother was the one very much religious,
who organized himself in a near-by cave trying to live as an abstemious
man. In addition to this environment, the old mother of these brothers
was a person having serious nervous problems. At the end, Ana started
to sympathize with the abstemious man, who rejected her at the
beginning and wanted her to cut her hairs. The presence of Ana was
disturbing in that house to the extent that the wife of the married
brother, jealous, wanted to kill herself. Finally Ana decided not to
live anymore in that house although initially she was clearly expelled
from the house. She collected all her belongings, and when she was
leaving the house the three brother came over her, the married man
violated her with the aid of the others, then the abstemious cut her
hairs and the military-like man finally shoot her.
It is an original film of Saura, and very interesting to all who like good films.
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This is a great film, but for understanding its necessary to have some basic knowledge of the Francisco Franco's government(do some research, I'm not an expert to post good enough historical info). The film deals with the oppressive, military and authoritarian government of Franco (represented by Jose)and the religion-fanaticism of Spanish society (Fernando).(i, yet, have not figured out what represents the last brother, but i've only seen it once). Fans of Federico Garcia Lorca might like this movie for being in the same historical context, also film-art fans should like this. Great movie, watch it if you can find it.
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