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In a city of the north coast of Spain, a young teacher teaches Greek lessons at an elite private school. He is a romantic and melancholy man, who lives alone in the old house of his sailor ancestors on the other side of the bay.
Carmen, a journalist with two children, is on her third marriage, to Antonio, a record producer. Over the course of a year, we follow her through her discontents: Antonio's lateness, his fatigue when she wants to make love, his insistence on her company when she prefers solitude, his treating her work as less important than his, his casual and cruel dismissal of her opinions, her boss assigning her an incompetent editor, bartenders ignoring her, her passage into middle age. She can be feisty and edgy, which sometimes gets in the way of what would make her happy. And she regularly threatens to leave Antonio. Will she, and on what terms? What will he do? Written by
Carmen Maura does a retread of that movie, and her character. Despite the incidental difference in plot and character, you don't feel any difference - it's star vehicle for Carmen Maura as Molly Bloom.
Never have I seen an actress that made a more fascinating Bitchin' Middle-aged Broad :) She has that old-fashioned Hollywood charisma that no other actress seems to have in the last 20 years. This is good because besides her, this movie has very little to recommend from music, cinematography, plot to characterization (in the order that I noticed them). A point-to-point comparison to the Almodovar masterpiece would serve as a quick & fun Filmmaking 101. And the ending? It feels like the screenwriter flat ran out of idea and screen time.
When is someone going to film Ulysses and cast her in it???
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