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El mar (2000)

Unrated | | Drama, War | 14 April 2000 (Spain)
Two boys (Ramallo and Manuel) and a girl in the Spanish Civil War are involved in the death of other two boys, one killed, the other suicided. This terrible secret will be with them for all... See full summary »

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Bruno Bergonzini ...
Antònia Torrens ...
Sor Francisca
Hernán González ...
Galindo
Juli Mira ...
Don Eugeni
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Alcántara
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Carmen
David Lozano ...
Manuel Tur,nen
Nilo Zimmerman ...
Andreu Ramallo, nen (as Nilo Mur)
Tony Miquel Vanrell ...
Paul Inglada, nen
Victoria Verger ...
Francisca, nena
Sergi Moreno ...
Julià Ballester, nen
Llorenç Santamaria ...
Falangista (as Llorenç Santamaría)
Maria del Mar Bonet ...
Mare Manuel
Blai Llopis ...
Pare Manuel
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Two boys (Ramallo and Manuel) and a girl in the Spanish Civil War are involved in the death of other two boys, one killed, the other suicided. This terrible secret will be with them for all their lives. Years pass and they meet in a hospital for tuberculosis treatment. She is now a nun, Ramallo is a thief and Manuel is obsessed by religion. Reality is too hard to feel, only the sea should be the best place, where all is quiet... Written by Dul dpueyos@itpsp.com

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Well-crafted potboiler
17 January 2005 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Only the severely deluded will pretend that this film is great art or psychologically penetrating (although there is quite a bit of other penetration going on throughout). It is pure Spanish "Grand Guignol," beautifully photographed, strung out before us like a string of carefully spaced horror-cameo happenings.

The director found a novel that contained all this excrement and he really went ape over the possibilities of cramming it all into one movie. The first sequence involves five young children who witness a guerrilla-style execution during the Spanish Civil War, but only three of them survive the experience. Then the film jumps forward bout 15 years, and those 3 survivors JUST HAPPEN to find themselves in the same TB sanatorium. The 2 men are patients and interact with other supposed patients, all of whom look incredibly buff and healthy.

The shenanigans in the sanatorium have almost nothing to do with the events pictured earlier, but that is not surprising since nothing that happens in this movie has much relation to character or to reality. The gay sub-plots come strictly out of the blue, and aside from some nattering psycho-babble, there is nothing here relating to "the sea."

Having said all that, go ahead and enjoy the movie! It is almost a parody of Spanish melodrama, smartly staged by a wannabe Almodovar.


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