For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »
José Luis Cuerda
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »
Juan José Ballesta,
Victor is a man who gets to Paris to join his family around their seriously ill father, Max. As the chance of selling the family business begins to disrupt the family relationships, Victor ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »
One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...
Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, that leads him to the ... See full summary »
José Luis Garci
Veteran José Luis Garci has delivered a quiet little masterpiece here; a reminder of those beautifully photographed melodramas of the forties. The choice for black and white for the stunning photography was spot on and made it a joy to watch.
There is nothing extra special about this picture except that everything works so well. The actors are superb, the direction sound and with great feeling for the subject matter. This could so easily have become an excruciatingly sentimental tear jerker but it hasn't. It remains on the correct side of true emotion and the sometimes wry humour mirroring the hurt of the three women in the story - each in her own way coping with loss and memories - is a delight to watch.
Julia Gutiérrez Caba as the cigar smoking, wise cracking mother in law to the servant Julia is especially good. Her performance alone makes this worthwhile watching.
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