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Caresses (1998)

Carícies (original title)
Eleven episodes portray different encounters in Barcelona during the course of a single night towards the end of the millennium.

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Eleven episodes portray different encounters in a large city during the course of a single night towards the end of the millennium. A young man wants to stop living together with a young woman because he believes that they no longer have anything to say to each other. The young woman goes to visit her mother, an elderly woman. She lives with an old lesbian who meets her homeless brother. She asks him to forgive her for having seduced his wife all those years ago, but the brother pretends not to know who she is. A young boy attacks the homeless man. At first he tells him about his wild nights, then he knocks him to the ground and steals the old man's ring. At home the young boy has a bath and asks his father to join him in the tub. The boy's father has a girlfriend, a young woman. He intends to end their relationship... Eleven interlocking scenes that involve two characters, one of whom carries forward into the next scene, until the chain comes full circle. Written by Ørnås

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Song at the end: I would surrender to whoever who would take me
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Jo em donaria a qui em volgués
Lyrics by Josep Palau i Fabre
Music by Maria del Mar Bonet
Performed by Maria del Mar Bonet
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Caresses & Intimacy
19 October 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Ventura Pons's stylishly shot 'Carícies' falls under the category of interlinking multiple stories. Each story is an interaction between two people that takes place during a night in Barcelona. Here each main character appears in two stories. For example, the lead in story 1 will appear in story 2 and the other lead in story 2 will appear in story three and so on. That's how the each subsequent story is linked to one another. However, I found the inconsistency in characters to be a big flaw. The characters seem to become different person as they shift to the next story. In addition I found the dialogues to be slightly weak and, at times, forced. Even though some nocturnal shots of Barcelona (that were used between the stories) have been repeated, I liked Pons's style of shooting the film. The sets are simplistic and music is minimal. So it's easy to focus on the characters. The use of Catalan felt authentic. I found the sex and nudity to be a bit gratuitous. The acting is good, especially in the last two segments (by Rosa Maria Sarda, Roger Coma, David Selvas and Julieta Serrano) but most of the actors are limited by the writing. Overall, 'Carícies' is interesting for its style and experimenting but it has its flaws and will not appeal to everyone.


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