In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters (...
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Marina, a woman with a glass eye, has the bad luck to be the victim of an assault witnessed by Rafael, a goodhearted butcher, who rescues her from her attacker, a man named Daniel. Rafael ... See full summary »
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Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia falls pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, ... See full summary »
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Pablo hates everything. When Lucia comes into his life, he thinks she's the woman he dreams of, and sees the solution to all his problems. But Lucia, who is rather manipulating, is just ... See full summary »
In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters (Rocio, Violeta, Clara and Luz). Fernando likes all of them and they like him, so he has to decide which one to love. Written by
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Fernando Trueba shot the movie in Portugal for two main reasons: 1) he couldn't find any place similar to what he had in mind in Spain and 2) the use of that Portuguese location allowed him to empathize the tone of fable the story required. See more »
Amalia sings "En un pais de fábula" from Pablo Sorozábal's zarzuela "La tabernera del puerto". The situation of the movie is in early 1930s, whereas this zarzuela was first staged in 1936. See more »
I picked up this movie just because the branch of Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) near my workplace had it. And what a delight it was!
Now let me be honest: I was attracted to the movie the moment I saw Maribel Verdú (Rocío) in it. I remember her (and more so, her ample breasts, though perhaps augmented with silicone!) from y Tu Mama Tambien. Unfortunately for me, she never showed her breasts (though I could be certain that she stuffed silicone after this movie was made), this movie turned out to be very entertaining. Penelope Cruz, who spoke English like a horse (would do) in "Vanilla Sky" (one of the very few movies in my life that I could not finish, not even halfway), was innocent, fresh, beautiful, likable and very natural in this movie.
This movie also proved that Gabo's description of Serenade in his books is not at all exaggerated.
However, the greatest performance was by Juanito (Gabino Diego). I was blown by the scene where he goes to the church to renounce his faith, and then when he decides to retain his faith, having denied "republican" free love. It was hilarious! Great entertainment!!!
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