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Stones (2002)

Piedras (original title)
"In life, we first organize large stones (Piedras) such as love, friendship, family, and a career." In this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small ... See full summary »

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Antonia San Juan ...
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Isabel
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Anita
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Joaquín
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Daniela
María Casal ...
Martina
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Kun
Rodolfo De Souza ...
Leonardo
Nacho Duato ...
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Javier
Santiago Crespo ...
Víctor
Manuel de Blas ...
Empresario
Geli Albaladejo ...
Araceli
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"In life, we first organize large stones (Piedras) such as love, friendship, family, and a career." In this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small necessities. If you act in an inverse way, you will not have the room for larger stones. The five protagonists of my film are women who have not been able to organize the large "stones" in their lives. Ramón Salazar, Spanish director defines his first feature Stones in this way. The film tells the parallel, conflicting trajectory of five women: Anita, Isabel, Adela, Leire, and Maricarmen. All are endeavoring to remove the stones that insistently appear in their path or, worst, that are in their shoes. They are five Cinderellas in search of prince charming and a new chance in life. Written by Gonz30

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Good but downbeat and sad film in which stands out its music and the moving finale
6 January 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

¨Piedras" turns out to be a moving drama well realized by Ramon Salazar about human relationships . A brooding story where predominates intense drama and above all , there's a good feeling . The tale introduces us lives of people under the focus of lower-middle and high class in a big capital , Madrid . The small, everyday stories of a group of citizens who live , work and suffer in a great city , and the little secrets that they hide . The flick gives a short description about their parallel existences . All of them are endeavoring to remove the stones that insistently appear in their path or , worst , that are in their shoes . They are five Cinderellas : Adela (Antonia San Juan) , Leire (Najwa Nimri) , Maricarmen (Vicky Peña) , Anita (Mónica Cervera) in search of prince charming and a new chance in this unfortunate lives .

The film tells the touching story of various protagonists , conflicting trajectory of various hapless women and their lovers . This is an interesting and thought-provoking drama in long length and yet with an air of naturalness and credibility . This is a thought-provoking as well as pleasant flick filmed with great sensitivity and feeling . This overlong film knows very well inter-cross these troublesome roles , five women who have not been able to organize the large "stones" in their fateful existences . The picture is very interesting as well as provoking , though some infinite sadness follows the film at times . The flick moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind , and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few disconcerting . It's an intelligent and touching story although sometimes is slow moving and tiring but is finely developed with sense of style and sensibility . Attractive drama filled with emotion , artistic scenes and plenty of sensitivity . The picture relies heavily on the unusual relationships among frustrated , unfortunate and betrayed women , but it doesn't makes boring , as it results to be entertaining . This is an attractive movie plenty of nice feeling , drama , stirring scenes and tragic love stories . Dramatic screenplay by the same filmmaker , including some autobiographic elements . The film enjoys a breeze as well as moving final , and gives us much to think about it and in which doesn't deceive or dramatize unnecessarily . Along these lines, it is clear that writer/filmmaker Salazar tries to create an unforgettable picture . Apart from that , it has a touch Pedro Almodovar that always feels good . Most of the film locations are around Lisbon , Almada , Portugal and Madrid city , which is location where director Salazar grow up , though he was born in Malaga . The picture is primarily supported by sensational players, as Angela Molina , Vicky Peña , Antonia San Juan , Najwa Nimri , both of whom give sensational acting . All of them carry out their characters to perfection and show a look that says it all . The support cast is frankly nice , such as Lola Dueñas , Andrés Gertrúdix , Maria Casal , Daniele Liotti , and Susi Sanchez , among others . Furthermore , there stands out Monica Cervera as mentally-handicapped daughter .

Emotive and stirring musical score by Parcal Gaigne , an expert composer who has composed and conducted a lot of scores such as ¨Mensaka¨ , ¨Silencio Roto¨ , ¨Lasa and Zabala¨, ¨Azuloscurocasinegro¨ , ¨Gordos¨ and many others . The soundtrack flows great with the film in every way , and creates a catching atmosphere in every moment , adding a sensitive leitmotif . Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by David Carretero , being shot on location , he has photographed known films as ¨Dalton versus Lucky Luke¨, ¨The nun¨, ¨Malas Temporadas¨ and ¨Utopia¨ . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Ramón Salazar . This Spanish director defines his first feature ¨Stones¨ in this way : "In life, we first organize large stones such as love, friendship, family, and a career ; in this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small necessities ; if you act in an inverse way, you will not have the room for larger stones¨. Here he presents a fresh portrait with agreeable as well as dramatic moments , but mostly so that you shrink the heart with these unlucky people . Ramon Salazar has written various successful pictures such as : 2010 ¨Tres Metros Sobre El Cielo¨, 2012 ¨Tengo Ganas De Ti¨ , 2002 ¨Amnesia¨ and directed a few movies : ¨10.000 Noches En Ninguna Parte¨ , 2005 ¨Twenty Centímetros¨ and this ¨Piedras¨or ¨Stones¨ .


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