Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the ... See full summary »
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Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests ... See full summary »
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I saw this Spanish film in Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1996, where it won the top prize. As an anecdote, Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (who was on the jury in that festival) sat right next in front of me at the theater. Based on a play by Lope de Vega, written in 1615, during the golden age of Spanish literature, this movie never rises above filmed theater, but it is very well done. I think if you don't speak Spanish, though, you will lost a lot in the translation, a lot of the word games the play is based on. Emma Suarez (a fine Spanish actress) is the leading female; this was one of the last films of director Pilar Miro. Unfortunately, the movie hasn't been seen a lot since then. Many films (including good films, like this one, that won the first prize in a film festival) get forgotten with time. When you see an art movie today, most of the people in the audience are old people, you see very few young people watching this sort of movies; I guess they are playing computer games in their homes instead. This makes me me wonder about the future of cinema as an art.
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