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Earth (1996)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ...
Ángel Bengoelxeo
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Ángela
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Patricio
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Mari
Nancho Novo ...
Alberto
Txema Blasco ...
Tomás
Ane Sánchez ...
Ángela Hija
Juan José Suárez ...
Manuel
Ricardo Amador ...
Charly
César Vea ...
Miñón
Pepe Viyuela ...
Ulloa
Alicia Agut ...
Cristina
Miguel Palenzuela ...
Tío Ángel
Vicente Haro ...
Alcalde (as Vicente Haro Marón)
Adelfina Serrano ...
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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 responsible for giving their product an "earthy" taste that has divided local opinion. While in town, Angel becomes involved with two beautiful and very different women, and impacts their lives on a grand scale. Can either of these women accept the fact that Angel travels with a "ghost" of himself, or that he routinely speaks with the deseased townspeople? Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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10 April 1997 (Netherlands)  »

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ESP 114,564,801 (Spain)
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Antonio Banderas was supposed to play Ángel in the film, but due to schedule problems, director Julio Medem replaced him with Carmelo Gómez See more »

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References The Exterminating Angel (1962) See more »

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Sólo para locos
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Metaphysical Earth
2 November 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Julio Medem's 'Tierra' has that same feel of surrealism, poetry and magic that his other works, namely 'Vacas', 'Los Amantes del Circulo Polar', 'La Ardilla Roja'. His films are a genre of their own. Medem has penned a solid screenplay and done a fine job of showing it on screen. He often works on a broad campus.

The visuals are very simple yet the way Medem and his cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe capture them makes them look extraordinary. The film is set in a remote Spanish countryside surrounded by simple earthy brown landscape. Yet the moving images beautifully capture the richness of texture, mood, emotion, sound, symbolism and dialogue. Alberto Iglesias's score is equally spellbinding. Carmelo Gómez, Emma Suárez, Karra Elejalde, Silke and Nancho Novo are in top form. Gómez does one of his best works here.

I'll refrain from mentioning anything about the story because, like most of Medem's films, this one is more worthy experiencing rather than just hearing.


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