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Jealousy has driven Antonio (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) mad. A photograph of
future wife (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) with a man. Suddenly he loses
This erotic drama is very important. How the man in this case is affected. Terrible. Superb performance by Daniel Gimenez Cacho. His manners, gestures describe perfectly this film. Wonderful Aitana. In general, very good movie. Be careful, trust no one... 9 out of 10.
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We all have felt jealous. We all know how jealousy can affect a
relationship in different levels. It can either hurt it or even end it.
Our main male character demonstrates that jealousy can also be deadly.
Everything is going great between a young couple until the male character (played by Jimènez) finds out that her soon to be wife (the hot Sànchez Gijòn) was once engaged with the love of her life. He investigates more and more until he finds out the shocking past of his beloved woman. This is where everything turns ugly and our male lead becomes psycho, unfaithful and aggressive.
The movie enters a non-sense period about past half of the running time, but near the end it recovers and leads the viewer to a shocking ending that demonstrates how jealousy can be deadly!
The acting is excellent. Veteran Spanish actors who deserve more acting chances shine through the movie. The sex is quite graphic but it's justified. Aytana Sánchez Gijón delivers a marvelous performance because she can truly demonstrate how she is affected about her boyfriend's jealousy and obsession for José (her ex lover). She plays perfectly a woman that is DEEPLY in love and that would do ANYTHING in order to convince her man that he's the love of her life.
Giménez steals the show with a performance that starts as high quality in dramatic aspects and ends up in some kind of psycho. A great, underrated actor. My respects for his excellent performance.
This is a must see for those who have gone mad after feeling jealousy. I learned a lot after watching this movie.
I've always liked Giménez Cacho's work. He's usually a solid actor but,
this one, he looks like a zombie; and it's not because his part demanded
but for the weakness of the screenplay. If we are talking about jealous
thing this movie is based on), it should be reflected almost in an animal
way; it's about instinct and reactions right from the guts, blind rage
mad love one step shy of hurting the one you care about. In Aranda's
this is treated just as a matter of personality, like an accident in life
even in the way you may perceive things. My guess is that since the film
doesn't go far beyond the words on paper --to a place where it should
actually reach, considering the complexity of the main plot--, this was a
win chance for Cacho as well as Gijón; and everyone else involved too.
The main problem of Celos (Jealous) is that you don't buy the story right from the start because it's impossible to. No matter how willing you are to get INTO the movie, you cant; it´s a fact. Mainly because if you have been a witness on how somebody's extreme jealous makes his life a living hell, then you'll realize how hollow the subject is taken here. And besides being a terrible state of mind it's also a common one, so I think it's not that strange to have known somebody like that. But in the film there's no passion, it lacks real visceral reactions and wiser ways to show a conflicted mind (at least one better than just a man talking to himself). The only way they let us know how really obsessed is this guy (Cacho) with one of his fiancee past relationship, is by showing him traveling long distances and talking to weird persons to get to find the ex boyfriend, which would lead to an answer and then to a cure for his torture; that's the way he sees it.
I believe the message here is that a real deep love may hurt the other person if you don't keep your mouth shut to not let go out your worst doubts from the past, and then inflict an unnecessary pain on your partner. Just give and take love as it is. Realize that, if you're not a teen, then all of your relationships got to be second hand. Just take a look over your shoulder and take a count on yours. But, as I said before, if Celos doesn't make an impact on us is because it suffers from a severe lack of real human factor: serious reactions, flesh and blood bodies and lots of pain, something that cannot be felt without depth in dialogues and believable stages of grief. In it's whole atmosphere it sure fails, but is not an awful movie; nevertheless, in terms of depth, tension, twists and intensity, it's vague and pointless, so you may find it kind of boring every now and then through the experience.
This Spanish film is basically well carried out by director Vicente Aranda and his leading actors, Aitana Sanchez-Gijón and Daniel Gimenez, but the ending is absolutely senseless because it doesn't confront the dramatic situation that is being set up during its long 110-minutes of running time. It leaves the audience with a feeling of having been cheated out of a more interesting denoument, without having to take what to us is the "easy" way out. For such a let-down of an ending, the film should have been shorter.
Vicente Aranda's "Celos" illustrates how jealousy in a relationship can
a couple apart as well as bring them together.
This drama-thriller is mainly psychological and it features a good performance from Aitana Sánchez-Gijón (best known in the US for "A Walk in the Clouds"). Although the film does dwell a little too long on the jealousy issue, it is nonetheless absorbing and it presents a good look at contemporary working-class Spanish life.
Kudos to the cinematographer for making the best use of the Spanish light!
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Vicente Aranda, not exactly one of our favorite movie directors, tries
to explore what tricks jealousy can play in the mind of one man who is
madly in love with a young woman with a past.
Antonio finds a old picture in which his fiancée, Carmen, is seen with another man. When he confronts her, Carmen does everything possible to convince it's pointless to be jealous of a man she hasn't had any contact in so many years. Yet, like Othello in his throes about Desdemona's treason, he displays an uncommon case of jealousy that is eating him alive because he can't conceive that Carmen could have loved another man before they found one another.
Instead of listening to reason, Antonio keeps his pursuit of the elusive Jose, who proves to be hard to track down. When he thinks he is nearing his enemy, he realizes how far he is from him. When he finally learns where Jose is now working, he undertakes a trip to confront him, but before getting there he gets to hear from Carmen's lips what really happened to her.
Aitana Sanchez Gijon plays Carmen, the beautiful woman who is the object of Antonio's passion. Unfortunately, Ms. Sanchez Gijon is miscast in the role that claims for a stronger actress. Daniel Gimenez Cacho, plays the obsessed Antonio in sleep walking fashion. He doesn't convince either. Maria Boto shows some spunk as Cinta, who is Carmen's best friend and confidant. Luis Tosar is seen briefly also.
"Celos" doesn't satisfy because its botched conclusion. Mr. Aranda appears as though he had no idea about how to end the film and went for the cheap shot that doesn't convince the viewer.
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