A criminal, shoots and kills a painting restorer during a bungled burglary, and shoots her daughter as well. Twenty years later, the daughter has been left mute and with a mental age of a child, spending most of her time in a mental home.

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Leire
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Maite
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Blanca
Elena Irureta ...
Directora del Centro
Ramón Barea ...
Night Club Owner
Gregoria Mangas ...
Mrs. Millas
Marisol Saes ...
Mother (as Marisol Sáez)
Raquel Santamaría ...
Little Leire
Txarly Llorente ...
Guard
Super Pake Pekao ...
Gypsy Man (as Super Pako Pekao)
Elena Armengod ...
Gypsy Woman
Juan Ignacio Viñuales ...
Medic
Miguel Olmeda ...
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José María Sacristán ...
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Ismael Lopez, a petty criminal, shoots and kills a painting restorer during a bungled burglary, and shoots her daughter as well. Twenty years later, and the daughter Leire has been left mute and with a mental age of a child, spending most of her time in a mental home. A chance meeting between Leire and Ismael, who now works in a bar, leads Ismael to think that she still might be able to recognize him, and turn him in to the police. With the help of his girlfriend Maite, he kidnaps Leire and chains her to the bed in his house. He is unable to kill her, however, and instead asks the mental home for a ransom for her return. Whilst a prisoner, though, Leire and Ismael grow closer and closer through his attempts to make her laugh and their mutual love for chocolate. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
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Twisted Spanish Art Noir Masterpiece!
20 November 2002 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Cold-blood rotten-to-the-core thief Ismael kills a woman during a burglary while her young daughter is watching. Years later he finds her as a beautiful but semi-catatonic teenager at the funny farm. He kidnaps her and intent to off but gets fascinated and obsessed with her much to Ismael's equally rotten and greedy jealous girlfriend's annoyance.

Director Juanma Bajo Ulloa (who was in his mid-20s when he made this, his 2nd feature) has created one of the most disturbing psychosexual Euro-thrillers in recent years. "Madre Muerta" is a dark visually stunning journey into sheer madness guided with wicked comic touches. More emotional involving than "Funny Games", more adult than Iglesia - a truly compelling cerebral and ghoulishly unpredictable masterpiece.


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