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Interesting Spanish tale with fine performances and good setting

7/10
Author: ma-cortes
3 December 2011

This Antonio Jimenez Rico film describes a good story based on a novel by Carlos Blanco that packs an intelligent tale about deceits and lies . A couple (Santiago Ramos and Carmen Morales ) and their son arrive in hotel at city of Gijon . But the son suffers an accident on the edge of sea and he's drowned . The tragedy causes an immense pain and despair in the protagonists. Then the screenplay describes some flashbacks retelling happenings plenty of musical shows ( Spanish Revista played by Fedra Lorente) as well as twists plots and intrigue until a puzzling ending , for sure.

Good acting by a very young Carmen Morales , the veteran Santiago Ramos and remaining cast . Support actors are frankly well as Jose Sazatornil, 'Saza' as receptionist , Maria Asquerino, Antonio Gamero , Francisco Merino, Emilio Laguna and Mariola Fuentes . Drama ensues in the region of Asturias when a couple along his son arrive in hotel , but later he's suddenly drowned , then the story changes and emerges several problems, tragedies and thought-provoking suspense . Highlights movie are the cinematography by Raul Perez Cubero and production design by Sempere . Evocative and emotive musical score by Pablo Cervantes . This is a cool Spanish film from the 2000 finely performed , compellingly written and well directed . This is an acceptable film produced by Jose Luis Garci and professionally directed by Antonio Gimenez Rico , a director of great quality . He's an expert on dramas as ¨Forteen stations , Jarrapellejos, Spanish soldier and Three words ¨ . His speciality turns out to be adaptations based on prestigious novelist Miguel Delibes as ¨ Portrait of family , The vote of Mister Cayo and The rats¨ . Hotel Danubio results to be a remake to ¨Los Peces Rojos¨ . This modern version is starred by Santiago Ramos who plays Arturo De Cordoba's role and the Rocio Durcal's daughter, Carmen Morales , who takes Emma Penella's role. The end is also different in both films, as "Los Peces Rojos" closes with policemen waiting for Hugo at the police car, while "Hotel Danubio" goes on with a dialog between the two policemen, Iñaqui Miramon and Jesus Valverde , chatting about the deeds while followed by camera moving to the beach where some men ,apparently morning joggers, are seen running along the beach when happen a surprising event. Rating : Good , 6,5 . Wellworth watching .

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