The Anarchist's Wife (2008)

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"The Anarchist's Wife" is the story of Manuela who is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco's Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He is deported to ... See full summary »




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Biel Duran ...
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Loli Muñoz
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Javier Almeda
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Paloma age 6


"The Anarchist's Wife" is the story of Manuela who is left behind when her husband Justo fights for his ideals against Franco's Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. He is deported to a concentration camp, and upon his release, continues the fight against nationalism in the French resistance. Years, pass without a word from him, but his wife never gives up hope of seeing him again. Written by anonymous

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Spanish/French/German co-production dealing with tribulations of a Republican family during three-year siege of Madrid
26 April 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

¨The Anarchist's Wife" or "La dona De l'Anarquista" is the thrilling tale of Manuela (Maria Valverde) who is left behind when her hubby named Justo (Juan Diego Botto) fights for his ideals against Franco's army during the uprising and subsequent war . Then , along the Spanish Civil War (1936-1936) Justo disappears . Years pass without a sad notice from him, but his wife never gives up hope of seeing him again . The story particularly concerning ¨The Siege of Madrid¨ , it was a three-year siege of the Spanish capital city of Madrid, during the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. The city, was besieged in October 1936 , as in a radio broadcast on the 18th, the communist leader Dolores Ibarruri coined the famous slogan ¡No Pasarán! ("They shall not pass"), urging resistance against the coup , the slogan was to become synonymous with the defence of Madrid and the Republican cause in general . Madrid was held by various forces loyal to the Second Spanish Republic and was besieged by Spanish Nationalist and allied troops under General Francisco Franco. The Battle of Madrid in November 1936 was the most concentrated fighting in the city, when the Nationalists made their most determined attempt to take Madrid . Thereafter and for the remainder of the war, Madrid was held by the Republicans. However, its population contained a significant number of right-wing sympathisers. Over 20,000 right-wingers sought refuge in foreign embassies in the city. The weeks that followed the July uprising, saw a number of fascists, or Nacionalist sympathisers , as the left termed them , being killed in Madrid by Republicans. Madrid eventually fell to the Nationalists on 28 March 1939 .

This is an interesting flick dealing with historical events as well as a passionate retelling and a touching warlike drama . "La Mujer Del Anarquista¨, being adapted by the same director Marie Noelle from her own story and dialogs written by Ray Loriga . This moving as well as strong story is an emotive recounting and a stirring melodrama , including tragedies , deaths and executions . This flick has some powerful , rousing images as when a crowded Republican militia is surrounded in prison while their family people shouting as well as Francoists , Falangistas armies arrive in Madrid and carry out rampage , firing , shooting and destruction . "The Anarchist's Wife" results to be other of the uncountable stories to deal with dramatic deeds regarding the Civil War background , including a lot of stock footage . A familiar theme about the global horrors of a fratricide war , impossible to forget to Spanish Cinema , as the picture gives a deep detail about the upheaval as called ¨Holy Crusade¨ and atrocities being committed by Fascists in behalf of the Francoist army . Maria Noelle also writes the script and being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . The main problem has to face "La Mujer del Anarquista" , beyond not being able to avoid falling into the politic pamphlet is precisely derived from the coldness of its staging, which eventually become monotonous over 112 minutes of footage . This is a Spain/France/Germany enough budget co-production and obtained limited success in the Spaniard box office . Excellent main cast forming an enjoyable human group of players and giving excellent interpretations such as Juan Diego Botto as a Republican lawyer soldier with deep idealist thought who is deported to a concentration camp, and upon his release, continues the fight against nationalism in the French resistance and Maria Valverde as his beloved wife who attempts to live with his two children when his husband is disappeared . Very good support cast formed by various Spanish and other European actors such as Ivana Baquero as Paloma , Nina Hoss as Lenin , Jean-Marc Barr as Pierre , Adrià Collado as Francisco ,Laura Morante as Lucienne ,Irene Montalà as Pilar , Biel Duran and Irene Visedo .

Sensitive as well as evocative musical score by Jean Francois Robin . Including a spotless pictorial photography by Zacarias De La Riva . Cameraman Zacarias is deemed to be one of the best Spanish photographers with a long artistic career . He has photographed hits such as : Automat , The machinist , Hierro , Tadeo Jones and El Cid : the legend . He carries out a splendid cinematography in juicy atmosphere , being filmed on location in Alsasua , Pamplona , Barcelona, Catalonia, Madrid, Spain Cerbère, Pyrénées-Orientales, Annonay, Ardèche, France and Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany . The motion picture was compellingly written ,produced and directed by Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr , though it has some flaws and gaps and results to be overlong .


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