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The Color of the Clouds (1997)

El color de las nubes (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Valero ...
Pedro Barrejón ...
Adis Suijic ...
Ramón Langa ...
Manuel Zarzo ...
José María (as Fernando Valverde)
Miguel Arribas ...
Ex Policía
José Antonio Correa ...
Dueño taberna


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4 October 1997 (Spain)  »

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The Color of the Clouds  »

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ESP 250,000,000 (estimated)

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Pretty good as well as interesting Mario Camus movie , shot in Cantabria , as usual
6 September 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a gorgeous , exciting and touching Mario Camus film . Splendid movie that mingles thought-provoking drama , adventure , thriller , rural conventionality , social habits and suspense . This is a marvelous piece of human drama , full of mysterious intrigue , thrills and suspenseful happenings . It deals with an intense and complex friendship between two kids , an escaped little boy called Bartolomé and a Bosnian refugee , Mirsad , and two old people named Lola (Julia Gutiérrez Caba) , a veteran woman whom a mean landlord (Ramón Langa) wants to evict and Lolo (José Maria Domenech steals the show as an expert sea wolf) , an old fisherman who wishes help her ; as well as a young couple who falls in love , a humble rural shopkeeper called Clementina (Ana Duato) , and an upright lawyer (Antonio Valero) .

It is a peculiar tale starred by children and adults with plenty of adventures , thrills , love stories with a surprising result behind , where we find acute descriptions about ordinary people , some atmospheric settings as well as attractive and troublesome roles . It packs slick narrative , well paced and being one of the best works of Camus' last period . Adventure style movie in the wake of ¨Moonfleet¨ and ¨Mark Twain's adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck¨ , including thriller , suspense and twisted ending . It deals with contemporary issues such as evictions , Bosnian refugees from Servian war , drug trafficking and many other things . Based on a story by Miguel Rubio , Camus's usual co-writer , here Mario deals with some parallel stories -in Robert Altman style- that flow until an unexpected result , being dedicated to Julio Martin Leiva . The central axis results to be a main story originated from the past time and it unbalances the present epoch . Spotless pictorial as well as colorful photography by magnificent cameraman Jaume Peracaula , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , being filmed on location in Madrid and San Vicente De La Barquera , Comillas , Cantabria . Furthermore , a willingness almost perfect of the elements of each frame , every scene , every place . Atmospheric and moving musical score by Sebastián Marimé .

The flick was well directed by Mario Camus following his Sui-Generis style . Camus was born in Santander , Cantabria , location in which he often shoots his films . He worked with Carlos Saura in several screenplays during the early 60s as ¨Los Golfos¨ (1960), ¨ Llanto Por Un Bandido¨ (1964), and also directed some shorts . Camus shows a penchant for literary and perhaps he's the best Spanish film adapter , a fact that will be a constant in his films . His first feature films were ¨Los Farsantes¨ (1963) and ¨Young Sánchez¨ (1964), this is one of the greatest movies about boxing which won the Best Film Award at the Buenos Aires Festival . Mario has an important career with film and television adaptations quite remarkable , as he efficiently directed yarns based on notorious writers such as Perez Galdos , García Lorca , Cela Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes . During various decades he touched styles varying from romantic comedies and musicals with ¨Rafael¨ to splendid adaptations from famous novels , as is the case of the prestigious TV series "Fortunata y Jacinta" (1979) . As he directed for TVE , a lot of series and TV films as ¨Leyenda Alcalde Zalamea¨, ¨Los Camioneros¨ , ¨Los Desastres De La Guerra¨ , the mythical series ¨Curro Jimenez¨ , ¨Mujer Y El Pelele¨ about Pierre Louys novel and ¨La Forja De Un Rebelde¨ . In 1983 he was given the 'Medalla Oro De las Bellas Artes' (Arts Gold Medal) , and one year later he prepared his most successful work both with public and critic : ¨Los Santos Inocentes¨ (1984), an adaptation from the novel by Miguel Delibes . Mario is an expert on interesting and provoking dramas as proved in ¨ The house of Bernarda Alba¨ , ¨La Colmena¨ which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival , ¨The days of the past ¨ and many others . Camus made an attractive trilogy concerning love stories : ¨Pajaros De Baden Baden¨(74) , ¨Joven Casada¨ (76) and ¨Dias Del Pasado (77) , a romance among Maquis . In the nineties Mario directs tiny films in low budget but with big name actors as ¨Después Del Sueño¨(92) , ¨Sobras Una Batalla¨(93) , ¨Amor Propio¨(94) and this ¨Color De Las Nubes¨(97) . All of them conceptual as well as contemporary films , based on his own screenplays , non-novels , and concerning similar themes : a dark past that wakes up , including rare characters arrive in rustic locations and cause strong passions , shaking ancient stories , originating distresses and pains . Camus also wrote scripts for other directors as ¨Los Golfos¨ (60) by Carlos Saura and Wherther (86) , ¨Beltreneros¨(91) and ¨Pájaro De Felicidad¨(93) by Pilar Miró . Rating : Better than average ; it's an extremely decent film though sometimes slow-moving .

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