A Spanish writer finds an old coffer with photographs of an Argentine man who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War, and of a woman. Her quest for answers brings Vera to the Argentine ... See full summary »
In the land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless hunter with a... See full summary »
Lara Flynn Boyle,
A month before he's to marry Carmen, Antonio finds a photograph of a man with his arm on her shoulder. The photograph triggers jealousy: he questions Carmen, Carman's friend Cinta, and his ... See full summary »
Daniel Giménez Cacho,
Anna and Ben are settled in rural Chile in the early 1970's. They are very isolated and their only real friends are two Chilean sisters, Eva and Monica. When Ben is stranded in Santiago on ... See full summary »
A woman's voice says she was wife to Renzo Franchi and Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), Argentina's great tango singer. People say she's crazy. Her story unfolds. Buenos Aires, 1933: Juana Romero... See full summary »
"Hombres felices" es una comedia ácida sobre un grupo de hombres en busca de la felicidad. Hombres infantiles, machistas y obsesionados con el sexo, en particular, con el sexo oral. Mujeres... See full summary »
A girl, who lives together with her cousin who earns some money by dealing and her boyfriend who is a policeman, is regularly transporting some drugs from Morocco for her cousin. As all of ... See full summary »
Any intention of weighing up the worth of any interpretation of the complicated personality of Federico García Lorca's YERMA obliges anyone with a long enough memory to go back to the 70s, when the brilliant actress Nuria Espert was touring the theatres of Spain with her unforgettable performance. Everything else since then inevitably becomes tangled up in comparisons.
Pilar Távora had no intention of imitating anything previously done by anybody; she is an expert, I think we can say that, on Andalucían culture in general, and the flamenco world in particular. Whether Aitana Sánchez-Gijón was the ideal choice remains very debatable; there was something that did not quite ring true in her portrayal of Yerma, an extremely intense rôle torn by her frustrated acceptance of what life has organized for her and her impossible love for another man. The violent passions which could only come out of an Andalucían soul seem to have been, perhaps, just beyond her reach. Juan Diego ("el señorito" in "Los Santos Inocentes", 1984) played well his part of Yerma's husband, stoically bearing up as well as he could, especially under the difficult threat of having to use an accent from the deep south, the province of Huelva. María Galiana only had to be her unrepeatable self: her theatre experience may well have helped out in the making of the film.
Acacio de Almeida's photography was pretty good, ably helped by Vicente Sanchez's music setting, which sounded just a little plagiaristic at times.
I give Pilar Távora's courageous attempt six out of ten, and that might just be a little generous.
WARNING: the Spanish language used is highly regionalistic and may prove rather difficult for students of the language, not helped by some microphone failures in softly spoken lines.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?