La ciudad de los prodigios (1999)
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Onofre, is torn between the passion he feels for the beautiful woman and what he came to the big city for. He gets caught in the web of intrigue that surrounds his new activities. Barcelona was overrun by the criminal gangs that were trying to take advantage of the climate of the time. After a violent confrontation with the police Onofre decides to put his priorities in order.
Mario Camus, a director we had admired before, tries to make sense of the Eduardo Mendoza novel, no doubt. Since we are not familiar with the book, it's hard to compare the action in the film with what Mr. Mendoza was trying to tell in his novel.
There are some good moments in the film, but like other Spanish directors, Mr. Camus, heaps a lot of Spanish politics into the background. Unfortunately, the film is not easily grasped for persons that have no background in this story.