Lola, a hot-blooded Spaniard, is deserted by her husband for a cool and calculating Aussie blonde. Lola is pregnant again but she and their daughter Lucia are left to starve while Ricardo ... See full summary »
Lola, a hot-blooded Spaniard, is deserted by her husband for a cool and calculating Aussie blonde. Lola is pregnant again but she and their daughter Lucia are left to starve while Ricardo spends all their savings on a sleek new set of wheels for his mistress. When he dies unexpectedly the family fortune, one flash car, remains with the mistress. Despite all his betrayals, Lucia sides with her father. Desperate and destitute in a country she doesn't like or understand, Lola's quest for revenge begins. Caught in the tempests of begrudging love, revenge, sibling rivalry, jealousy and passion, fourteen year old Lucia must find the strength to survive on her own terms. Aided to break free of her mother by her eccentric Aunt Manolo she struggles to find her own identity and her own quest for justice puts her on a collision course with her mother. Written by
Lola Marceli's great debut... and that was all for her.
The life story of a bitter woman that's despised by his husband and her continuous fight with her only daughter... Though the plot may look like a drama "La Spagnola" is actually a comedy with traces of tragedy. It's rather rude and hysterical and with a coarse sense of humor (just like Almodovar in his early works, but without the transgression of the Spanish director). It has also plenty of topics about Latin women (they're loud, passionate, etc., etc.).
As for the actress that plays the main role, Lola Marceli, it is funny 'cause in Spain he had never taken part on a movie. She had just played some minor roles in soap-operas and stuff, and suddenly they offer her a part in this Australian production. Well, I think he did a nice job, too bad it made no difference for his career, she's still making TV series... How come?? Well, I don't know. There you got actresses like Elena Anaya or Paz Vega that are just dreadful and still they participate in lots of movies. OK, they're younger than Marceli, but definitely they're not more beautiful than her and, above all, they're not as good actresses as she is. Spain is different.
*My rate: 6/10
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