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Nacidas para sufrir (2009)

'Nacidas para sufrir' is the tale of a group of women (a sweet old lady, her religious niece, her servant and the latter's disabled mother), all so generous and selfless that they almost ... See full summary »

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Purita
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Flora
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Madre Purita (as Mª Alfonsa Rosso)
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Marta
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Tía Josefa (as Mª Elena Flores)
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Salvadora
Sneha Mistri ...
Mª Pilar
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Mariana
Mari Franç Torres ...
Mª Carmen
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Cantante
Ricard Borràs ...
Ciriaco (as Ricard Borrás)
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Don Dimas
Richard Collins-Moore ...
Don Antonio
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Remedios
Margarita Lascoiti ...
Maruja
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'Nacidas para sufrir' is the tale of a group of women (a sweet old lady, her religious niece, her servant and the latter's disabled mother), all so generous and selfless that they almost compete with one another as ferocious rivals to see who can help most and make the greatest sacrifice for the others' wellbeing. And we all know the well-known saying: 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'. Written by Anonymous

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12 February 2010 (Spain)  »

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Born to Suffer  »

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Estando contigo
Lyrics by Antonio Guijarro
Music by Augusto Algueró
Performed by Conchita Bautista
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2 March 2012 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Flora, a woman of a certain age, living in a rural community, has a deep fear of finishing her days in a senior residence. Her only relatives are three grown women that are set for life. Two live nearby, while the other is a nun working in one of those senior centers. Her loyal servant, Purita, has been with Flora for quite some time. The older Flora sees in her a faithful friend who will do the right thing to carry on her final wishes.

For that matter, Flora takes Purita to the lawyer in town. The best thing for her problems is for Flora and Purita to get married as a legal way to protect all that is dear to the older woman. Their legal decision is not take lightly by their neighbors, who deem it inappropriate, at best. Flora, who is stubborn, could not care less. When Purita's mother get sick, her brothers send for her. In a moment of weakness, Flora, afraid of losing Purita, asks the mother to move in with them. That is when all their problems begin.

Purita's mother has something else in mind. Little by little, the infirm woman begins taking over the household. She wants to get what Flora has worked for all her life, to the point she does a legal maneuver to send Flora to the senior center while she and Purita get the whole property.

This Spanish film directed and written by Miguel Alabadejo, showed up recently on an international channel. Not having any idea what to expect, we decided to take a look. The film goes back to the land, something that reminded this viewer of past Spanish films that dealt with the love, or lack of it, for the ancestral homeland. The work of Federico Garcia Lorca is recalled, but without its poetry. The director gives it a twist by injecting the same sex marriage which is legal in Spain. There is not a single hint of lesbianism between Flora and Purita, just a bond between landowner and servant.

The desire to die in one's home proves to be too much for Flora, who was acting in a selfish way. Purita, who was not treated as a servant, was more of a companion for the older Flora. Their fall out comes out from the ambitious sick mother of Purita, who begins as a guest and ends up doing all kinds of trick to get the property, money and everything Flora had worked for all her life.

Petra Martinez is seen as Flora and Adriana Ozores as Purita, which she plays as a somewhat mentally challenged woman.


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