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The Beach of the Greyhounds (2002)

La playa de los galgos (original title)
Martin has been trying to find his disappeared brother Pablo. Pablo has been out of touch for years, after a terrorist incident in which Martin and the family suspect Pablo's participation.... See full summary »

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Carmelo Gómez ...
Martín
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Berta
Miguel Ángel Solá ...
Dubbini
Ingrid Rubio ...
Oria
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Pablo
Montserrat Salvador ...
Madre de Martín
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Castañon ...
Hans Jorgen Christensen ...
Hombre Granade
José Correa ...
Veterinario
Juan Del Santo ...
Marido Berta
Marina Durante ...
Compañera Cácel
Helene Egelund ...
Enfermera
Marie-Anne Favreau ...
Ana 2
Rocío García-Cano
Vicente Granados ...
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Martin has been trying to find his disappeared brother Pablo. Pablo has been out of touch for years, after a terrorist incident in which Martin and the family suspect Pablo's participation. He meets the mysterious Berta in a couple of strange coincidences. She leads Martin to an Argentine psychiatrist exiled in Denmark, who may have information about Pablo's whereabouts. But both Martin and the psychiatrist fall in love with Berta, who has her own agenda. In finding Pablo, all concerned will confront their violent pasts, while transforming their present, and forging their future lives. Written by argentino de rio

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5 April 2002 (Spain)  »

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Hard work maintaining concentration - or interest
11 October 2004 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

Mario Camus, one of the best known Spanish cinematographers, has over the years, especially in the last twenty-five years, been able to offer the spectator some truly wonderful works. 'Los Santos Inocentes' (1984) (qv) remains to this day as one of the two or three greatest masterpieces ever made for the screen in this country, inspired by Miguel Delibe's novel of the same name. For television Camus has given us 'Fortunata y Jacinta' (1980) (mini), one of the greatest TV series ever made (and I do not add 'in this country'). Ten years later he directed 'La Forja de un Rebelde' (1990) (mini), based on Arturo Barea's novel, also a truly remarkable series. 'Beltenebros' is of course also among his best films. Worthy of mention is Camus' version of Lorca's stage-play 'La Casa de Bernarda Alba' (1987). 'El Color de las Nubes' (1997) is also worth mentioning.

Such that one begins to expect much from this Spanish director. However, with 'La Playa de los Galgos' one feels that the film does not reach expectations; the story itself and Camus' inimicable style just did not come off as a satisfying fusion, but more as an irritating confusion. I largely suspect that too much was made of technique, rather than telling the story per se. One bravely fights off sleepiness so as to reach the end credits, but by then one has decided that the film is somewhat a let-down, following on as it does from the above-mentioned great cinematographic works. As in 'El Color de las Nubes', Peracaula's photography is very good.

Carmelo Gómez heads a cast which carry out their roles pretty well, though I could not help feeling I might have replaced the Italian actress Claudia Gerini (who had to be dubbed into Spanish, anyway!).

Disappointing, and unnecessarily long. Barely above 6 out of 10


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