At a wake one night in 1945, a group of aged women recall the life of one of their number. Sixty years before, Thérèse was barely 20 years old when she eloped with her boyfriend, Firmin, a ... See full summary »
When Jeff unexpectedly shows up on Ben's doorstep at 2am, the two buddies immediately fall into each other's arms. Since their college days, they've taken very different paths. Jeff is ... See full summary »
Francis and Claudia are good friends . He is a lawyer, she is veterinary doctor. Among them there are no secrets , until John arrives. Claudia decides to marry him. Francis realizes that ... See full summary »
Fabio De Luigi,
Thanks to the law of 1948 and to her grandmother, the nominal tenant who is always absent, Francesca Cigalone and all her tribe (thoughtless husband, orphan sister, self-centered film maker... See full summary »
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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