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No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (original title)
Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Fernando Luján ...
El coronel
Rafael Inclán ...
Padre Ángel
Ernesto Yáñez ...
Don Sabas
Esteban Soberanes ...
Odiseo Bichir ...
Dr. Pardo
Julián Pastor ...
Eugenio Lobo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Castillo
Jorge Castillo ...
El cartero
Juana Garza
Mercedes Gironella


Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still waiting, living with the pain of the death of his son. Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Basada en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez.




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2 June 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Az ezredes úrnak nincs, aki írjon  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Gabriel García Márquez' short novel adapted to an exquisite film
4 July 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

A sober, reflexive piece, a little miniature which blossoms into a magnificent humane pictorial sequence which goes beyond a mere dramatization for the screen. This quiet little story will hold you enthralled - if you do not have too many problems with the various Spanish accents ranging from Mexican to Peruvian, and Marisa Paredes' more authentic Iberian Peninsular usage! Garcíadiego has accomplished a perfect adaptation from the novel: even the grand maestro García Márquez should be proud of her superb work. And hats off to Arturo Ripstein who has so ably concerted the whole effort into a gem, a ruby, and so refined, so elegant, so sensitive, so touchingly.....

El Coronel - Fernando Luján - is waiting to get his pension, while he continues to live in his ramshackle timber dwelling deep in the Colombian jungle (however, filmed elsewhere, NOT in Colombia) with his fighting cock and his wife (in that order?). And that is all there is to it.

But, oh, so much more.... This film is a rhapsody.

I must see this poetic little piece again as soon as possible. Worth the high side of 8 out of 10, which is very high on my scale.

This is not light commercial Hollywood stuff.

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