In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »
Luis García Berlanga
José Luis López Vázquez,
Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.
Manoel de Oliveira
Filipa de Almeida,
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 »
On the isle of Rhodes, Katherine, an expatriate English photographer, lives with her daughter. A young local wants to encourage tourism, so he commissions a sculpture of the Unknown Tourist... See full summary »
After the death of her husband Bernada Alba puts her daughters under a rigurous mourning which does not even allow them to leave the house for seven years. Adela, the youngest daughter, suffers the most. Pepe el Romano key to all women's despair.
Irene Gutiérrez Caba,
The Battle of Sutjeska known as ''Fifth offensive'' is the hardest, most tragic and the greatest battle that was led Yugoslav Partisans in World War II. Chaos, hell, fates, suffering, ... See full summary »
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic
Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »
Yerma, a young woman whose marriage to Juan has produced no children, is frustrated because she sees the years go by without having the child she yearns for. It's clear Yerma doesn't love Juan. It's Victor, the young shepherd that has shown affection to her, that Yerma desires. Living in the backward region of Andalucia, she becomes an object of gossip because everyone has seen her with Victor.
"Yerma" the excellent play of one of Spain's best known poets, Federico Garcia Lorca, is given a tepid cinematic translation by its director, Pilar Tavora, who also adapted it for the cinema. This "Yerma" cries for a stronger hand to bring all that Lorca created, and worst of all, all the Lorcan poetry is not to be found in this version.
As already pointed out by another contributor, a memorable staging of the play by the Spanish actress Nuria Espert, is still vivid in one's imagination. Aitana Sanchez Gijon, a great beauty, is not exactly what one would have imagined for the lead role. Ms. Sanchez Gijon casts a bland presence in the movie and throws it out of balance.
The other performances are adequate, but the director didn't inspire her cast to do a better job the way she had staged the film. It's a dark piece of film-making that doesn't provoke the audience. Among the supporting players we see Irene Papas, who plays the old pagan woman. Juan Diego is seen as Juan, the older husband who is more afraid of his honor than what he has not brought to his marriage. Jesus Cabrero, appears briefly as Victor. Ana Fernandez, and Maria Galiana, who worked together in an extraordinary film, "Solas", are also seen in minor roles.
"Yerma" and Garcia Lorca deserve much better than this feeble attempt to bring it to a wide audience.
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