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La estrategia del caracol (1993)

A lot of people live in an ocupated house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being put out, without sucess. But ... See full summary »

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Fausto Cabrera ...
Don Jacinto
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'Perro' Romero
Delfina Guido ...
Misia Triana, the housekeeper
Vicky Hernández ...
Doña Eulalia, the pious murderess
Humberto Dorado ...
Víctor Honorio Mosquera, the owner's lawyer
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Gustavo Angarita ...
Father Luis, the accomplice priest
Antonio Aparicio
Eduardo Arias ...
Treasure buyer
Jaime Azcárate ...
Bodyguard #2
Salvatore Basile ...
Matatigres, the bully
Rosa Virginia Bonilla ...
Court secretary
Jairo Camargo ...
Lieutenant
Ivan Castano
Mauricio Castano ...
News operator B
Sain Castro ...
Justo, the left-wing militant
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A lot of people live in an ocupated house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being put out, without sucess. But one of them thinks of a way of saving, at least, their dignity... Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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The film was originally envisioned by Ramon Jimeno as an inspiration based on a story he had read in a newspaper, about the removal of tenants in a house whose legal procedure had taken such a long time that by the time the authorities had to intervene they realized that the house no longer existed. See more »

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Doctor Holguín, the house owner: [Reading the words on the wall, after that the front of the house falls] "Here's your fucking painted house."
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Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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Here's your painted house!
9 July 2010 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

During our winter season, the Perth Tango Club shows a South American movie every Friday before the regular dance session, and we have seen some excellent cinema this year, but this delightful film has been the highlight so far. Like one contributor here I found myself thinking of it as a Gabriel Garcia Marquez fable as I watched the plot steadily unwind, and like another I thought of the "subversive interruption of the abstracting powers of speculative capital", and "the socially disjunctive effects of capitalism" (I quote from that review). Indeed it had me wondering why we as human society continue to allow the anti-social rich to mess with our lives so much. But that's politics, and the movie was far more about the power of the human spirit than it was about making a political statement, and the young left-wing politico in the group got very firmly told to just stop the slogan-bashing and get on with the vital work at hand. The emptiness of the rich man's painted house was the final message of this lovely fable. Beautifully shot, with no special effects to distract from the power of the acting. I couldn't fault it. 10/10


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