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La fuente amarilla (1999)

Lola's boyfriend asks her if she believes in forgiveness, hands her a card with a name on it and shoots himself in the head. This sends Lola on a quest to find out what happened as well as ... See full summary »

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Lola's boyfriend asks her if she believes in forgiveness, hands her a card with a name on it and shoots himself in the head. This sends Lola on a quest to find out what happened as well as solve the murder of her parents. The name on the card leads her into the shadowy world of the the Chinese Triad in Spain. She is helped along the way by a fearful young man who has an odd fascination for news clippings about the Chinese. She is drawn into this world and discovers her answer and loses more than she imagined. Written by poco loco

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Just twenty, but Silvia Abascal already filled the screen
13 May 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

Lola seeks to revenge the killing of her Spanish father and Chinese mother, murdered by the Madrid Chinese mafia. Aided and abetted by a somewhat timid, even repressed and introverted Sergio, who just happens to have an enormous archive of dossiers of thousands of Chinese in Madrid in his computer (!!!!), she manages to inveigle her way inside the organisation. The making of this film upset the local Chinese community, and even the Chinese Embassy lodged a court injunction to get it stopped on the grounds of racism. However a bit of common sense held out and the resulting film is not at all racist as far as I am concerned. Though the story might sound a little improbable, the team pull it off surprisingly well – especially during the first 75 minutes or so, as the finalé is not so very convincing.

Eduardo Noriega is wonderful: his performance oozes on-scene improvisation, such as stuttering with emotion and fright. In an interview-programme on Spanish RTVE he admitted that in some scenes he was literally improvising as the camera turned, but so authentically, brilliantly, and Miguel Santesmases had the good sense to leave it all in and not do any retakes. There is true blue actor's blood running through this young man's veins. Silvia Abascal as Lola turns in her first really serious performance, as her previous appearances in trivial TV series are not even worth mentioning; but, as an excuse maybe, every baby has to practice somewhere and it was not her fault that Narciso (Chicho) Ibáñez Serrador selected her for a show when she was only thirteen. In `La Fuente Amarilla', Abascal shows she has all the makings of an actress about to make truly great things in the immediate future. She was just turned twenty, six years younger than Noriega. She has the kind of face that just consumes the screen; her interpretational abilities are beginning to exude exquisite possibilities. The question is whether she can be offered the appropriate rôles in serious film-making. If this happens – and hopefully it will – look out Jennifer López, Penélope Cruz: make way for Silvia Abascal.

Full marks, too, for Santi Vega whose incidental music is just right and never intrudes.

The title of the film (The Yellow Fountain) is because according to Chinese legend it is where the dead go to drink.


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