A coming of age story of a young boy, who is left to live with his grandfather. His grandfather is a famous painter and with fame comes a grand lifestyle with a lot of parties and woman. The boy learns about life, women and sex.
In 1939, in a French prison camp, José Garcés of the defeated Spanish Republican army raises the spirits of his fellow prisoners by telling the story of the year he was 8 years old, 1911, ... See full summary »
The story happens in 1948, in a fictional country, called Zakharstan (in the novel "Caravans" is probably Afghanistan). Mark Miller (Michael Sarazyn) is a young U.S. Embassy employee who is... See full summary »
An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect... See full summary »
Belle Duke, in order to get revenge on her former lover Philip Bang, organize his jail break. But instead of Philip is the Italian Felice Brianza, AKAS Felix, to escape. Now Felix is ... See full summary »
Quinn plays a retired bakery tycoon, alienated from his two sons and jealously guarding his vast wealth... until a cunning young beauty (Sanda) enters the picture, marries one son, seduces ... See full summary »
The young but traveled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
José María Prada
Ana is alive and married with Antonio; they arrive in the manor in the countryside of Spain where she worked as a nanny many years ago, for the centennial birthday of the matriarch. In ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez
I've seen this movie three times and I've always gotten the same feeling. It is far from being perfect but nevertheless it has a powerful force thats goes through it. It is maybe Sanchez's strong faith in family values, who knows. Anthony Quinn really gives one of his warmest and more intense performances here; he is truly believable as Sanchez and never tries to overact as he used to in other movies. What I found really interesting is the fact that Quinn seems a sympathetic character, but he's full with contradictions and flaws: he is a real Mexican macho, he is incapable of showing his feelings, he is not very understanding to his family, but on the other hand he makes his best to protect them and to get them close to him. This is what makes his character seem so real. Clashes between Consuelo (his older daughter) and himself are among the best moments in the film. She is tough and won't accept old fashioned values as a common law, she wants to be independent and feel free as a woman, while other females in Sanchez's house think they must obey their macho. Her struggle to get rid of family ties is a rough one, but it will lead to a final understanding with her father. This film is particularly interesting if one wants to know what it feels like to being inside a Mexican-type environment as it was some time ago, and how difficult it may be to change one's mind. Chuck Mangione's score is so powerful it only adds strength to the story as it explains hidden violence in some character's "mal de vivre". Lupita Ferrer is touching as Consuelo; pity she didn't show again such a strong presence in other movies.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?