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Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Alone in a foreign city, Cassandra must solve a family's darkest, deepest secrets before she can confront her own past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen (as Maria Barranco)
Pep Molina ...
Víctor Álvaro ...
Juan (as Victor Alvaro)
Steve Itkin ...
Harry (voice)
Sergi Ruiz ...
Carmen's Older Son
Glòria Casas ...
Carmen's Daughter (as Gloria Casas)
Aitor Extravizz ...
Carmen's Son
Glòria Roig ...
Carmen's Mother (as Gloria Roig)
Alexandra Tugues ...
La Grande (as Alejandra Tugues)


Cassandra, a solitary writer in Barcelona (a US ex-pat) gets a call for help from a stranger - a stylish woman named Frankie - who wants Cassandra to find her husband, so he can sign some important papers. Nothing Frankie says is true: the husband turns out to be a woman, the issue isn't legal papers but a child's custody, and even Frankie's most obvious identity, in red cape and red pumps, is a false front. But Cassandra keeps at it, at first to earn her promised fee, and then to help Frankie, then Frankie's ex, then the child. Along the way, this solitary and somewhat disconnected and bewildered writer frees herself to finish a novel and re-establish a broken relationship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 May 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

As Tardes de Gaudi  »

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2.35 : 1
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Features the spectacular architecture of Antoni Gaudi. See more »


Carmen: [to Cassandra] It's no wonder you can never get a date - sexual confusion.
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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »


Sway ¿Quién será?
Written by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as Pablo Ruiz)
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Dean Martin
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26 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Somebody will have to explain to me why this movie hasn't gotten more recognition. It is an absolutely delightful, wacky comedy, easily the best thing Susan Seidelman has done since "Desparately Seeking Susan". Judy Davis is great as usual as the people-avoiding translator who gets involved in a very unique domestic squabble and Marcia Gay Harden, Lili Taylor and Juliette Lewis are wonderful as the dramatis personae in said squabble (which turns out to be much weirder than it first seems). Harden's curvy, campy Frankie is especially memorable. It's a great film that makes strong points about the unpredictable nature of love without preaching and setting it in the Gaudi-designed wonderland of Barcelona makes it even more special. If anybody in America had seen this movie, it would have gotten raves from a lot of film critics. Certainly it's funnier and warmer than 99% of the well-known romantic comedies that have played in the States lately.

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