Splendid film of landscape and rural inhabitants of Castile by Giménez Rico.
"Las Ratas" is a masterpiece of landscape and rural inhabitants of Castile, a concise narrative and grand master powerfully evocative Delibes for those who live here. The adjustment does is commendable Giménez Rico wants to be as rigorous and so was shot during four seasons with a large photograph of Teo Escamilla, betting for a very realistic and naturalistic tone, that was the one you went to the novel. So too it is an austere film where no famous faces that pollute the feeling that we are seeing rural characters and common, and clear tradition of primitivism, but to which the viewer must take up attachment and affection. And the option is also Giménez Rico epidermal and therefore impersonal, with the brutal end of this world as metaphor Castilian where there is a relationship between the vital fraternal and ruthless, yet essential nature and these people, and where there are deep convictions causing irreversible tragedy.
If in the splendid "Los santos Inocentes" (Mario Camus) was "pretty Milana" from "Azarias" (Francisco Rabal) triggered the tragedy, here is the phrase "rats are mine", with which the thief repeated every day feeding their hatred against the intruder for fun and entertainment is taking away their means of survival. And in the background, the unforgettable "Nini" (Alvaro Monje), which is a source of wisdom all fully natural character that really should stay as metaphor and paradigm of rurality in Castile. It's a movie as correct as lacking a definite style, which is a rural Spain, hard and difficult.
This film is very well done, fits Delibes's book and does so with great elegance. It's a good movie. It was shot in the provinces of Valladolid and, above all, Palencia.
The story is a celebration of nature in which men must learn to live with the good and bad that we offer, as well as good detail as not to be the soundtrack of nature sounds that fill the scenes.
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