A good-looking young guy living in a village on the Basque coast is set to marry his sweetheart. A series of events pose obstacles. He rents a room from a sexy French widow with a shady ... See full summary »
While restoring an old painting showing a woman and two men playing chess, Julia discovers the text "Who killed the knight" underneath the paint. The owner of the painting tells her that ... See full summary »
A fencing master in pre-revolution Spain is hired to teach fencing to teach fencing to a beautiful young woman. Although he has never taught a woman before he is fascinated by her and ... See full summary »
Joaquim de Almeida
Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her ... See full summary »
Orestes Villasan Rodríguez,
Penelope, a mother of three kids, gets tired by the infidelities of her husband and leaves him. She goes to live at her grandma's house, while he has to take care of the children. His ... See full summary »
Maria Grazia Cucinotta,
Flamenco Film Noir, with stars in front and behind the camera
With two actors from the world of glamour, Dance-hero Joaquin Cortes and super-model Laetitia Casta (not a Miss France but Madama Marianne) you'll wonder what this film will turn out to be.
A Film Noir is nothing more than a chain of clichés which might become a string of pearls. In this case the chain is of 24 karat gold.
The cinematographer, Hans Burmann, is great with light, using it crude and clever, creative and beautiful. And the camera-movements (crane-shots; steadycam) are a delight. It gives something extra to the already beautiful locations and sets of Anton Laguna. The editing is nicely nervous and the story is thin but swift, with some nice touches. Atmosphere is everywhere and that must be the work of director Manuel Palacios.
There is a lot of music in this film (Tomatito for instance, and Rosario and many others). Too much? Well, in the culture GITANO portrays, music is a last stronghold, an anchor with perhaps a chain that's an inch too short... Beautiful & warm-blooded entertainment.
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