A young girl is sent to a South American hacienda, where she learns about the life of her reclusive aunt, Oriana

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Wells ...
Oriana
Daniela Silverio ...
Maria, adult
Rafael Briceño ...
Padre
Mirtha Borges ...
Fidelia
Maya Oloe ...
Maria, adolescent
Philippe Rouleau ...
Georges
Claudia Venturini ...
Oriana, adolescent
Martha Canelon ...
Madre
Luis Armando Castillo ...
Sergio
Asdrúbal Meléndez ...
Sanchez
Hanna Caminos ...
Oriana, child
Alejandro Padrón ...
Sergio, child
Leonor Contramaestre ...
Anabel, child
Valmore Gómez ...
Photographer
Blanca de Gómez ...
Teacher
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Maria learns that her aunt Oriana has died and willed her a crumbling and remote Venezuelan hacienda where Maria spent a short time as a girl just entering puberty. Maria goes to the hacienda to prepare the place for sale; while going through her aunt's papers, she recalls her visit years' before. In flashbacks, we see the young Maria trying to sort out why Oriana never leaves the hacienda, what secret may be in Oriana's past, and who the mysterious Sergio was. The young Maria, as she learns things, imagines her aunt's youth, cruel father, and first love. After these reveries within reveries, Maria, now a grown woman, makes one more discovery. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a haunting mystery / romance
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A French woman inherits the remote, South American hacienda of her reclusive Aunt Oriane, and while preparing an inventory of the property recalls the summer when, still a teenager, she visited Oriane and tried (unsuccessfully) to pierce the mystery of her aunt's own shadowed adolescence. The first feature by director Fina Torres unfolds in layers of delicate, haunting flashbacks, with the memory of the young girl's visit leading back to the childhood of Oriane herself: her illicit romance with the adapted stable boy, and the violent response of her dictatorial father. The missing piece of the narrative puzzle, when it finally falls into place, not only solves the lingering mystery of the hacienda, but also neatly ties each flashback together, reminding us in elegant fashion how the past is never altogether past. Rarely has a debut film shown such confidence and maturity.


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