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3 October 2003 (Spain) See more »
Based on the novel by Prosper Merimee, CARMEN is the classic tale of forbidden passion between a young man (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and a spoken-for woman... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Paz Vega ... Carmen

Leonardo Sbaraglia ... José
Antonio Dechent ... Tuerto
Joan Crosas ... Dancaire
Jay Benedict ... Próspero
Joe Mackay ... Teniente
Josep Linuesa ... Lucas
Julio Vélez ... Señorito
Emilio Linder ... Aristóteles
Miguel Ángel Valcárcel ... Juanele

Simon Shepherd ... Magistrado
Ismael Martínez ... Antonio
Ginés García Millán ... Tempranillo
Susi Sánchez ... Blanca

María Botto ... Fernanda
Paula Echevarría ... Marisol
Sonia Madrid ... Encargada
Mariví Bilbao ... Vieja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José María del Castillo ... Soldado
Mariola Ruiz
Rafael Téllez

Directed by
Vicente Aranda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vicente Aranda 
Joaquim Jordà 
Prosper Mérimée  novel

Produced by
Juan Alexander .... producer
Graham Bradstreet .... executive producer
Bill Chamberlain .... producer
Stefan Schmitz .... associate producer
Ana Vila .... line producer
Original Music by
José Nieto 
Cinematography by
Paco Femenia 
Film Editing by
Teresa Font 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
María Carmen Clavel .... assistant hair stylist (as M. Carmen Clavel)
María Carmen Clavel .... assistant makeup artist (as M. Carmen Clavel)
Paula Cruz .... assistant hair stylist
Juan Espinosa .... additional hair stylist
Juan Espinosa .... additional makeup artist
Teresa Fernández .... additional hair stylist
Teresa Fernández .... additional makeup artist
Sonia Gil .... additional hair stylist
Sonia Gil .... additional makeup artist
Mercedes Guillot .... hair stylist
Carmela Martin .... additional hair stylist
Carmela Martin .... additional makeup artist
Mercedes Paradela .... assistant hair stylist
Mercedes Paradela .... assistant makeup artist
Yolanda Piña .... assistant hair stylist
Yolanda Piña .... assistant makeup artist
Cristina Rivero .... additional hair stylist
Cristina Rivero .... additional makeup artist
Martín Rojas .... additional hair stylist
Martín Rojas .... additional makeup artist
José Manuel Romero .... additional hair stylist
José Manuel Romero .... additional makeup artist
Miguel Sesé .... makeup department head
Félix Terrero .... additional hair stylist
Félix Terrero .... additional makeup artist
Sonia Teruel .... assistant hair stylist
Sonia Teruel .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Lee Chamberlain .... production manager: UK
Emilio Giménez .... assistant unit manager
Marisa Muñoz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Guisado .... second assistant director
Daniel Rivero .... third assistant director
Cristina Sopeña .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Leopoldo Báez .... carpenter
Paco Calonge .... props
Salvador Comes .... painter
Alejandro Fernández .... assistant art director
Jose Antonio Mateos .... property master
Natalia Montes .... storyboard artist
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Gus Nogueira .... storyboard artist
Sergio Rozas .... storyboard artist
Juan Ignacio Viñuales .... props
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Nacho Cobos .... supervising sound editor
Manuel Corrales .... sound effects editor
Robin Day .... boom operator
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario López .... sound effects editor
Natxo Ortúzar .... sound assistant (as Nacho Ortuzar)
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
Alastair Widgery .... sound mixer
Andrew Caller .... sound technician (uncredited)
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects coordinator
Ángel Alonso .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Nike Alonso .... visual effects producer
María Carretero .... digital compositor
Eduardo Díaz .... digital compositor
David Guaita .... digital effects
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rubén Sanz .... visual effects producer
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor
Juan Tomicic .... visual effects
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
Guiomar Alonso .... stunt double: Paz Vega
Pablo Casillas .... stunts
Begona Echauri .... stunts
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunt double
Eugenio Jiménez .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
Álvaro Quiroga .... stunts
Manuel Valle .... stunts (as Manuel José Valle)
Camera and Electrical Department
José Manuel Barrio .... assistant camera (as Chiky)
Fernando Beltrán .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Marcis Cole .... Steadicam operator (as Marc Cole)
José Ramón Delgado .... assistant camera: second unit
Luis Fuentes .... assistant camera
Rafael García Martos .... gaffer
Ígor Iglesias .... video assist
Eugenio Martínez .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... additional grip
José Luis Molero .... additional grip
Adolfo Morales 'Fofi' .... assistant camera: second unit
Roberta Parkin .... unit still photographer
Enrique Pérez .... electrician
Jaime Rebato .... assistant camera
Cristina Rodríguez .... assistant camera: second unit
Edmundo Sanz .... key grip
Anselmo Villalba .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Gordo .... seamstress
Emilia Montero .... seamstress
Alberto Prieto .... wardrobe assistant
Delfín Prieto .... key costumer
Koke Riera .... wardrobe assistant
Marina Rodríguez .... wardrobe mistress
José Vico .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pascale Dillemann .... post-production liaison
Paulino Fernández Ibáñez .... telecine
Álvaro García .... editor: making-of
Renato Sanjuán .... assistant editor
Rosa Sogorb .... chief of post-production
Luis M. Trouillhet .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Jean Claudel .... music supervisor
Karen Martirossian .... musician: counter bass
José Nieto .... conductor
Other crew
Piti Alonso .... unit publicist
Antonio Bazaga .... co-production coordinator
Félix Burgos .... location manager
Lorena Carrero .... production assistant
Ion Collar .... production assistant
Susana de la Mata .... production assistant
Pascale Dillemann .... festival coordinator
Sergio García de Leaniz .... co-production coordinator
María Guerra .... dialogue coach
Jessica Junyent .... translator
Vicky Ontiveros .... production secretary
Miguel Pedregosa .... armorer
Sebastian Pereira .... horse wrangler
Rosana Ruiz .... production secretary
Mónica Torronteras .... unit publicist
Marian Zanoguera .... production secretary

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Spain:119 min | Czech Republic:119 min | Argentina:119 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
french Spain, 30 November 2008
Author: ruiresende84 ( from Porto, Portugal

If you start thinking about the set up in which this film is inserted, you will want to see it. At least i did it: This is an adaptation of a novel, by a french writer (immortalized in an opera by a french composer). The writer, Mérimée, was as well an historian-archaeologist-translator; meaning this, someone who cared for "exotism", in a time in which Spanish or Portuguese rural worlds were still considered exotic to the English and the french. That novel established the clichés and preconceptions regarding Spanish culture still considered these days (and efficiently exploited by the tourism industry). Bizet also helped establish other clichés, musical to that matter. But this film is Spanish, in production, creative minds and people involved. So this was a brilliant opportunity for a view into a distinct edge of Spanish culture described by a french and commented on by the Spanish. That was the motivation for me.

They started off quite well, and at least i think they gave a thought at what i mentioned. That's why they place Mérimée himself as a character, observing Andaluzia as a foreigner, and taking note of what he sees, even sharing space and scenes with Carmen and José. That was good, and i appreciated the audacity of crossing the line of the facts (if there ever was a real Carmen, Mérimée never got to know her).

But the problem is, they never step out of the very clichés Mérimée established. The film is visually as lush as the opera is musically. The sets are brilliantly baroque, the (excellent) production emphasizes passioned environments (operatic, as well), an orange/yellow deviating sexual mood. But they also emphasize the temperament of the characters a little too much, deviating the thing from what could have been better explored, something that could matter and that is in fact noted:

The drama is built around Carmen, and the inability for José to play the game according to her rules. Those rules are defined by cultural background, and that is where the frictions lie. Carmen comes from a branch of the Spanish culture, that transcends Spain. Gypsies, a group of nomads, a people that wouldn't, or couldn't adapt to the established norms the roman derived catholic based culture (that self and forced rejection still lasts today in most of the places). José is Basque, but that is little seen, he could be from Madrid, that in this case it would be the same, he is a cliché as well. So, it is those cultural differences that matter. This is, i mentioned, noted, but not made the center of the thing. They prefer remarking on the sensuality as the engine for the plot and sex as the motivation for the characters, that's why we have Paz Vega here, who had been in the brilliant sex-centered 'Lucía y el sexo' just 2 years before. Well she does deliver what they intended, and she is sensual for my contemporary and contextualized eyes. So it's not a matter of what they did here, but what they could have done.

Side note: one could also take Carmen as an early symbol for a female emancipation that would only really happen decades later. Is this something Mérimée observed, or something he included as part of his french more cosmopolitan way of thinking?

My opinion: 3/5

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