While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in ... See full summary »

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Grandmother Amadis
Claudia Ohana ...
Erendira
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Senator Onésimo Sanchez
Oliver Wehe ...
Ulysses
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Photographer
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Ulysses' mother
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Grocer
Pierre Vaneck ...
Ulysses' father
Carlos Cardán ...
Smuggler
Humberto Elizondo ...
Blacaman
Jorge Fegán ...
Army commander
Paco Mauri ...
Postman (as Francisco Mauri)
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Truck driver
Martín Palomares ...
Escort
Salvador Garcini ...
Puppet-player
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While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in order to extract restitution from the girl, forces her into prostitution. Erendira's surreal mystical experiences continue while her grandmother grows rich from exploiting her. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Based on the story "La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y su abuela desalmada" ("The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"), by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. See more »

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Erendira: There was enough poison to kill a million rats.
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La Vie en Rose
Performed by Édith Piaf (uncredited)
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Beautiful and overlooked work of Latin cinema.
6 July 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

"Erendira" is a film from Mexico that is rarely talked about. The film only exists in a low quality VHS format. It's a shame this film hasn't been given a DVD release. "Erendira" is stunning and gorgeous with its magic-realist images. "Erendira" is based on a short story from the novel "100 Years of Solitude". Erendira is constantly daydreaming and accidentally burns down her grandma's house. Her evil grandma, played by Irene Papas, forces her into prostitution to pay for the damages. The whole town gets a piece of Erendira, so to speak. Although the subject matter sounds harsh, the film doesn't exploit sexuality. It's done in a mature artistic manner. The film also has some amazing costumes. Some of the more surreal aspects of the film that stand out the most, are the origami birds that morph into real birds, and a golden orange with a diamond in the center. Erendira is an amazing film, that even manages to throw in humor. This is definitely a film that deserves a special DVD release. As they'd say in espanol, "Es muy muy bien !!! Excellente!


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