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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Galiana ...
Madre
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María
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ...
Antonio Dechent ...
Médico (as Antonio Pérez Dechent)
Paco De Osca ...
Padre (as Paco de Osca)
Juan Fernández ...
Juan
Miguel Alcíbar ...
El Gordo
Pilar Sánchez ...
Limpiadora
Concha Galán ...
Limpiadora
Paco Tous ...
Socio de Juan
Rosario Lara ...
Jefa limpieza
Pepa Faraco ...
Cajera
Estrella Távora ...
Enfermera
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Vigilante
Magdalena Barbero ...
Mujer Enfermo
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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 the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the fact that her boyfriend has abandoned her does not help matters. When her father goes to the hospital for an operation, her mother comes to stay with her. Her neighbor, an old recluse whose only friend is his dog, begins to come out of his shell and these three lost souls try to give each other the strength to start over. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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5 March 1999 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Alleine  »

Box Office

Budget:

ESP 125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,929 (USA) (8 September 2000)

Gross:

ESP 609,729,901 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Lyrics and music by Neneh Cherry (as Cherry), J. Sharp (as Sharp) and Cameron McVey (as MacVey)
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Seldom is so much accomplished with so little
18 January 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Solas" spends its 100 minute run digging deep into the character of Maria (Fernández), an attractive 35 year old brittle pessimist who bears the scars of childhood abuse at the hands of her father, drinks too much, and works as a janitor. A somber, plodding, plaintive character study, "Solas" fleshes out its small ensemble of characters well, illuminating the dark corners of Maria's hopelessness with an unlikely combination of her visiting mother's quiet courage and the friendship of an old man in a neighboring apartment. An award winning film hailed by the critics and an exemplar for American Indie makers, "Solas" will appeal most to more mature audiences into Europix. Those who enjoy this film may want to check out "El Abuelo" (1998). (B)


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