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The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1994 (USA)
A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

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Tránsito
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Esteban Garcia
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Segundo (as Joaquin Martinez)
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Pancha
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Nana
António Assunção ...
Man at Cattlemarket (as António Assumpção)
Julie Balloo ...
Young Lady
Frank Baker ...
Intelligence Officer
João Cabral ...
Soldier
Carlos César ...
Ambassador's Driver
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Storyline

Chile, second half of the 20th century. The poor Esteban marries Clara and they get a daughter, Blanca. Esteban works hard and eventually gets money to buy a hacienda, eventually to become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers. When Blanca grows up, she falls in love with a young revolutionary, Pedro, who urges the workers to fight for socialism. It is unavoidable that Pedro and Esteban are pitted against each other. Esteban tries to stop the love affair between Pedro and his daughter by all means possible but soon Blanca becomes pregnant and has a daughter. The void between father and daughter seems unbridgeable when Blanca moves in with Pedro. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence | See all certifications »

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1 April 1994 (USA)  »

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La casa de los espíritus  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,265,311 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter. She plays Streep's character, Clara, as a young girl. See more »

Goofs

It's clearly visible that Clara's parents car explodes a little before it hits the train. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Esteban Trueba: It's good to be back.
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Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Drácula de Bram Stoker (1995) See more »

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La Paloma
Written by Sebastián Yradier (as Sebastian De Yradier)/Michael Jary
Performed by Rosita Serrano
Published by Edition Cinema
Courtesy of Eastwest Records GmbH
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The greatest representation of life in Chile at that time!
24 July 2004 | by (Oceanside, Ca) – See all my reviews

This is the story Esteban, a man who gain land and fortune through hard work. He only wishes for a loving family that have what he did not when he was a child. His conservative ways adds to that struggle and creates conflict with his family. This conflict grows when one of his low-class workers falls in love with his daughter. The military coup of 1973 to bring communism down in Chile is shown.

This film represents what it is to live in Chile. I have never seen any film that tells the culture and the people of the southern South-America better. Most people makes the mistake to think that people in Chile and Argentina are not white. The whole cast represents EXACTLY what chileans look like and the difference between the higher and lower class. You can learn a lot from this film.

This movie is 110% recommended. It may have some differences with the book but it is respectful to it. Excellent camera and direction work at a spectacular location.


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