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Idle Mist (1998)
"Vana espuma" (original title)

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When the darkness in a musician's dreams tears its way into his waking life, a series of brutal murders rocks the city and word spreads of a spectral form looming over the rooftops.



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Credited cast:
Catalina Gallo ...
Patricia Salazar ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yonier Bedoya ...
Juan Diego Borda ...
Nestor Ivan Delgado ...
Julián Garcia ...
Juan Camilo Gomez ...
Luisa Gonzalez ...
Mauricio Herrera ...
Juan Carlos Mantilla ...
Augusto Muñoz ...
Felipe Ramirez ...
Marisol Rendón ...
Juan Manuel Salazar ...


When the darkness in a musician's dreams tears its way into his waking life, a series of brutal murders rocks the city and word spreads of a spectral form looming over the rooftops.

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Useche explained to a Colombian newspaper that the title Vana Espuma comes from an expression used in the 1619 play Fuenteovejuna that he found echoed in the Spanish translation of Freud's book On Dreams. In the introduction, Freud talks about other scientists who discouraged his work on this subject saying that dreams are "Schaum" (froth) a word which translated into Spanish as vana espuma (Idle Mist). See more »

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Must see for anyone interested in film-making.
14 April 2005 | by (santa maria, CA) – See all my reviews

Solid flick, absolutely nothing short of amazing considering the budget.

I first heard of this by following recommendations through IMDb. It took a while and some effort to get a copy of it, and I'm glad I did.

The movie is short, with a run time of half an hour. However it is a nice, gestalten mixture of plot, polish, presentation, as well as great ambiance in presenting the themes of estrangement and emotional petulance. (Which is more than I can say for many big studio projects) Add a VERY professional sounding and appropriately haunting soundtrack, the movie becomes positively astounding given that only $100 was spent in its making.

It is not to say that the movie is flawless, it is fundamentally an amateur, independent movie. Despite more than solid acting overall, moments of awkwardness still surfaces, and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic.

This movie is a must see for anyone interested in film-making; it shows that one's vision can be realized despite perceived conventional hurdles. I excitedly look forward to future works from Useches.

If anything, this movie will have you whistling/humming its tunes... it made me!

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