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Malena es un nombre de tango (1996)

 -  Drama  -  12 April 1996 (Spain)
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The life and times of Malena from adolescence into adulthood, as she distinguishes herself from her rival older sister, whose interactions with Malena, her lovers and her children over time... See full summary »

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Malena
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Reina
Carlos López ...
Fernando
Luis Fernando Alvés ...
Santiago
Isabel Otero ...
Magda
Alicia Hermida ...
Paulina
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Malena niña
Rebeca Fernández ...
Reina niña
Alicia Agut ...
Mercedes
Marina Saura ...
Madre de Malena
Roman Luknár ...
Hristo
Jorge San José ...
Pedrito
Miguel Palenzuela ...
Abuelo Pedro
Jesús Ruyman ...
Agustín
Ana Otero ...
Mariana
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The life and times of Malena from adolescence into adulthood, as she distinguishes herself from her rival older sister, whose interactions with Malena, her lovers and her children over time vary from the cordial to the unethical. Written by Denis Le Cam

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Erotic Fantasies and self-destruction: confessions of a derailed feminist
16 September 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

It is arduously difficult to make a decent film starting from a novel by Almudena Grandes. Besides `Malena' we already have her novel `Las Edades de Lulú' (1990, Bigas Luna) turned into a film - one might say with more pain than glory. Grandes is one of those novelists coming up out of the post-Franco years, and though what she writes is clearly free of taboos, especially those of a sexual nature, her style and quality of writing is poor, to say the least. More or less bred on romantic rosy love-stories by Corín Tellado, Grandes simply puts in the spicy bits and adds her own sexual fantasies and frustrations for good measure. Thus we have both Lulú and Malena coming out of their innocent adolescency into being young women bent on satisfying their sexual desires at any cost, the price being their own self-destruction. And with no doubt, in both cases, Grandes seems equally bent on portraying rather cheaply her own would-have-been appetites. Her language is often crude, reaching extreme vulgarity, which in itself is not precisely appropriate for writing anything of a decent literary level. She is, of course, no D.H. Lawrence... Such that `Malena' might have been a considerably better film if it had started off from superior material. Ariadna Gil as Malena and Marta Belaustégui as her twin sister Reina are impeccable, though Gil was superb two years later in `Lágrimas Negras' (q.v.). However the story just seems to be a revamping of `Lulú' as the basic concepts of a highly sexually-awakened woman is the basic entwining thread. `Malena' wins by having better characterization and perhaps better directing, though this may just be a penchant of mine as I thoroughly dislike Óscar Ladoire in `Lulú' or any other film. And of course it has Ariadna Gil, perhaps the best actress in Spain today. In both `Malena' and `Lulú' one `smells' the inherent `antimachismo' displayed by Grandes; but peculiarly, it is herself who is inadvertently putting her own finger on her outdated concepts, probably due to the fact that a patriarchal masculinism governed her home in her infancy (see: Miguel A. Pérez Abad) which has led her to making men seem like `troglodytes' (ibid.). However, in neither of the two films does this convince, let alone succeed. Quote Almudena Grandes: <<The most important prize for a writer is his readers: it is the only thing that cannot be tampered with and never gets out of date.>> End quote. Yes, that may be so, but we must take into account that most readers in Spain do not have well-founded criteria with which to judge good, mediocre or bad literature. Hopefully Spanish film-makers will leave this writer in peace and not return to her for any further fantasious inspirations.


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