El Sur (1983)
"El sur" (original title)

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The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south which seem to be hidden in the personality of her ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Omero Antonutti ...
Agustín Arenas
Sonsoles Aranguren ...
Estrella - 15 años (as Icíar Bollaín)
Lola Cardona ...
Rafaela Aparicio ...
Irene Ríos / Laura
Maria Caro ...
Francisco Merino ...
José Vivó ...
Germaine Montero ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José García García Morilla ...
María Massip ...
Estrella adulta (voice)


The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south which seem to be hidden in the personality of her father. Written by Volker Boehm

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Sur est un seul et grand Tango


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13 February 1986 (Australia)  »

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Director Víctor Erice considers this to be an unfinished project. The original script consisted of more than 400 pages and was scheduled to be shot in 81 days. 48 days into shooting, when production was to be moved to north Spain, producer Elías Querejeta unexpectedly suspended the project, allegedly because of financing objections by Televisión Española, the backing television network. However, Querejeta revealed years later that he made the decision because he though the movie was finished with what they've shot so far. See more »


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A masterpiece
17 February 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I don't really keep a list of most-wanted-but-unavailable movies, but, if I did, this film, the second of only three features of Victor Erice, director of Spirit of the Beehive, would have been very high on it. It is, to understate, far from a disappointment. Very much a sister film to Spirit, it's about a woman, Estrella, who as a narrator remains off screen, reminiscing about her relationship with her father (Omero Antonutti). As a child (where she is played by Sonsoles Aranguren), she worshiped the man. Behind the perceived god, though, he was quite a sad man, haunted by history. Estrella discovers a particular secret which dominates the man's mind. In her teenage years (where she's played by Iciar Bollain), that secret comes back. This is an achingly gorgeous film, very quiet and largely shot in shadowy, cold sunlight. The images are every bit as gorgeous as Spirit's, and the story is, too. Criterion apparently owns the rights to this. Many of the films that are only streaming on Hulu will never see a home video release, but they really should put this one out there. It's a masterpiece.

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