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Max von Sydow,
Sverre Anker Ousdal,
Antonio Albajara is a successful poet and teacher in the Berkeley University that returns to Gijón (Principality of Asturias, north to Spain). He travels there looking for everything that he left behind in his youth when he turned a well-known poet and writer in Mexico and USA, winning the Nobel prize with time. In Gijón he meets again with his past in Roxiu, an old friend (both played in the Sporting of Gijón's soccer team years ago) and Elena, his great-love of past times. Through his memory, his friends and Elena, Antonio starts an unforgettable journey by everyone. Written by
Begin the Beguine, Begin the Beguine?? Begin the Beguine!!!!
...and Pachelbel's Canon!!! Yes, if you enjoy these timeless melodies, be sure and not see "Volver a empezar." I assure you, you won't like them anymore. These tunes played over and over and over again until I was thoroughly sick of them. I wonder if that wasn't what was killing Albajara.
To give it some credit, the film did feature attractive landscape photography, and the acting was reasonably accomplished. But the story was utterly generic soap opera and the direction was pedestrian, when it wasn't aiming for sickly sentimentality. (No pun intended)
If you absolutely must watch a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner / soap opera, stick with "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears."
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