`Pintadas' is, to say the least, an unusual film from Spain, belonging very
much to the new genre being fostered very heavily these days, especially by
Basque and Catalonian film-makers. The film has never reached the big screen
for some reason which just has not been explained anywhere, such that public
showing has been limited to a few screenings on TV. Whereas it may not be
anything like cinematographic art, I do feel that such meagre appearances is
not deserved. Indeed, it has some pretty good points.
Adolfo Fernández as Diego, and Emma Suárez as Clara put in quite good
performances as the main couple who meet each other in different taxis
stopped at traffic-lights, who then decide to live together in one of those
great big roomy turn-of-the-century houses which in itself is enough to lend
spooky mysteriousness to everything. The landlord - Fernando Fernán-Gómez -
who lives on the top floor, adds to the spookiness; try comparing him in
this film with Carlos Álvarez-Novoa in `Solas'. You might say that the house
IS one of the actors: a previous married couple living in it stopped talking
to each other and communicated only through notes scrawled all over the
walls. Diego begins to collect them, trying to put them in some kind of
order, and as he does so certain weird and mysterious happenings
Fabulously photographed, even with surrealistic touches, they had the luck
of a bit of a snowfall in Madrid which added to the genuineness of a naked
Emma Suárez being taken away on the back of a refuse truck, shivering
uncontrollably, poor thing! It is a hard life being an
Lucio Godoy's music is fine, and there are a couple of pieces from `La
Traviata' thrown in for good measure.
Worth a bit on the high side of 7 out of 10: entertaining and appropriate
for adult viewing times.
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