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8 June 2001 (Spain) See more »
A new literature teacher, Ulises, comes to a small town near the sea and falls in love with a young woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jordi Mollà ... Ulises

Leonor Watling ... Martina

Eduard Fernández ... Sierra
Neus Agulló ... Roseta
Pep Cortés ... Basilio
Ricky Colomer ... Abel
Sergio Caballero ... Xavier
Carla Collado ... Mujer de Rojo (as Carla Collard)
Juan Muñoz ... Director Instituto
Pablo Rivero ... Jorgito
Ana María Máñez ... Pescadera
Clara Serrano ... Betty
Bautista Devesa ... Quisquillo
José Gonga ... Cura Funeral
Ricardo López ... Camarero Fiesta
Javier Coromina ... Invitado
Ximo Vidal ... Jardinero
Paco Bertomeu ... Marcial
Juli Cantó ... Carlos
Ernesto Arango ... Criado Marroquí
Mar Terol ... Criada
José Luis Pérez-de los Cobos ... Hombre Sombra
Manuel Jover ... Pinchabarcos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salud Botella ... (uncredited)

Alejandro Tous ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Bigas Luna 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona 
Manuel Vicent  novel

Produced by
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer
Original Music by
Piano Magic 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
Film Editing by
Ernest Blasi 
Casting by
Consol Tura 
Art Direction by
Pierre-Louis Thévenet 
Set Decoration by
Iñigo Navarro 
Costume Design by
Macarena Soto 
Makeup Department
Alma Casal .... assistant makeup artist
Maite Mendívil .... hair stylist
Mariló Osuna .... makeup department head
Esther Quintana .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Luis Gutiérrez .... production manager
Carmen Sánchez .... unit production manager
Tréo Vila .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ambrosio Carrio .... second second assistant director
Eusebio Graciani .... assistant director
Moisés Ramos .... second assistant director
José Ramón Santos .... second assistant director
David Victori .... second second assistant director
Art Department
José Altit .... props
Dolors Company .... assistant decorator (as Dolores Company)
Raúl Fernández .... props
Lucía Garrigues .... props
José Luis Saldaña .... assistant decorator
María Thevenet .... assistant decorator
Teo Vila .... property master
Sergio Bleda .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ricard Casals .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant sound effects
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects (as Laurent Levy)
Albert Manera .... sound editor
Albert Manera .... sound
Vincent Mauduit .... sound effects recordist
Marisol Nievas .... sound editor
Jaume Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaime Puig)
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects technician
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician (as Angel Alonso)
Juan Carlos Corroto .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Carlos Martínez .... optical effects
Ana Nuñez .... optical effects (as Ana Núñez Arrieta)
Pablo Núñez .... optical effects
Antonio Ojeda .... optical effects
Mariona Omedes .... title designer
Pau Valiente .... title designer
Diego Álvarez .... stunts (as Diego Álvarez Rodríguez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Celia Benavent .... video assist operator
Ramón García .... electrician
Jean Harnois .... camera operator
José Manuel Herrero .... underwater camera operator
Aarón López .... assistant camera
Javier Merino .... grip (as Francisco Javier Merino)
Santiago Millán .... electrician
Arcadio Sequeira .... gaffer
Elena Serrano .... making-of
Antonio Suárez .... still photographer
Goyo Sánchez .... assistant camera
Alfonso Torralbo .... electrician
Javier Álvarez .... making-of
Casting Department
Blanca Rull .... extras casting
Romu Soler .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Carmen Castro .... seamstress (as Carmen Castro)
Macarena García .... seamstress
Javier Peláez .... assistant costume designer
Macarena del Rey .... costume trainee
Editorial Department
Dora Arana .... assistant editor
Music Department
Miguel Marín .... musician: drums
John Rivers .... music producer
Jérôme Tcherneyan .... musician
James Topham .... musician: viola
Transportation Department
Javier Gil .... driver
Fermín Ventura .... driver
José Vives .... driver
Other crew
María Alcantud .... production trainee
Francisco Amaro .... administrator
Rafael Boluda .... production trainee
Antonia Díaz .... production trainee
Elena Figaredo .... production secretary
Paco Giménez .... production staff
Cecilia Moliné .... script supervisor
Pilar Morillo .... press
Leo Obstbaum .... poster designer
Pedro Rodrigo Pateman .... security
Vivien Quetglas .... production staff
Chus San Pascual .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Son de mar" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and language
95 min | Peru:96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Virgil's Aeneid: Bigas Luna ' s Aphrodisiac, 24 January 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

Bigas Luna is a Spanish director who has his own style (Jamón, jamón, Huevos de oro, Bámbola, Lumière et compagnie, La Femme de chambre du Titanic, etc) and his method of storytelling takes some adjustment on the part of the viewer. For those who treasure the magical mysteries of Latin dramas this film SON DE MAR (Sound of the Sea) will surely satisfy. Keeping with the title he has chosen (from Rafael Azcona's screenplay based on Manuel Vicent's novel) the presence of the complex sounds of water are ever present and the carriage that escorts the lovers to their ultimate destiny is a boat of the same name. It works.

Ulises (Jordi Mollà) is a teacher brought in midterm to a little town's school. His obsession (and teaching assignment) is Virgil's Aeneid, and he constantly reads it, quotes it, coaxes his students to read aloud the poetry therein, and when he finds an apartment belonging to a couple whose daughter Martina (Leonor Watling) falls under Ulises spell, Ulises quotes from the book scenes involving serpents from the sea, words that make the young and very beautiful Martina awaken sexually. In rapid sequence they become pregnant and marry - though Martina's parents prefer the young wealthy Sierra (Eduard Fernández) as a suitable husband.

Soon after their baby son is born the couple attend a party at Sierra's estate and Ulises eyes a beautiful woman while Sierra attempts to win Martina's heart. Ulises buys a fishing boat and sets out to fish for Martina but the boat is wrecked and thinking Ulises dead, a Requiem mass is held and Martina in time marries Sierra for his ability to provide for her infant son. Five years pass and the now steely Martina lives in luxury and receives a phone call from - Ulises! First enraged that Ulises left her for five years, Martina is quickly wooed to the strains of poetry from the Aeneid and hides Ulises in the top floor of one of Sierra's new buildings. Sierra discovers the reunited lovers' tryst and plans for their end. The lovers escape - to a destiny foretold by phrases from the Aeneid.

Despite his greasy long hair and scruffy beard Jordi Mollà delivers a smoldering presence as Ulises. But it is the presence of Leonor Watling's Martina that makes this at times shaky film work. She is a powerhouse presence. The photography by José Luis Alcaine and the sensuous musical score by Glen Johnson enhance Bigas Luna's concept for the film. It is another satisfying work by a unique director who knows how to mold a story with fleshy means and make it work. In Spanish with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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