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The Lonely Woman (1973)

No encontré rosas para mi madre (original title)
R | | Drama | October 1977 (USA)
Based on José Antonio García Blázquez's novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Jacinto Martín del Río, AKA 'Jaci', a fatherless lad who feels a strong love almost unhealthy for... See full summary »

Director:

Francisco Rovira Beleta (as Rovira-Beleta)

Writers:

Paul Andréota (screenplay), José Antonio García Blázquez (dialogue) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renaud Verley ... Jaci
Gina Lollobrigida ... Naty / Tani / the photographer
Danielle Darrieux ... Teresa / Jaci's mother
Concha Velasco ... África (as Conchita Velasco)
Susan Hampshire ... Elaine
Maribel Martín ... Marián
Javier Loyola
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Richard Leighton (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Hugo Blanco ... Toni / Jaci's friend
Eduardo Fajardo ... Lawyer
José Yepes José Yepes
Giuseppe Cardillo Giuseppe Cardillo
Susana Mayo
Carlos Mendy Carlos Mendy ... Commissary
Montserrat Julió Montserrat Julió ... Amiga de Teresa
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Based on José Antonio García Blázquez's novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Jacinto Martín del Río, AKA 'Jaci', a fatherless lad who feels a strong love almost unhealthy for his mother, a bourgeois widow with unclear virtues. Anyway, that will not be an obstacle for him to notice other women. Written by jsanchez

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortal Sin See more »

Filming Locations:

Plaza España, Barcelona, Spain See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The U.S. release was 1977 by Independent International; it would turn up in drive-ins for years. A drive-in run was noted in Wisconsin in 1981. See more »

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Feh!
24 April 2000 | by eye3See all my reviews

Whoever gave this it's U.S. title "The Lonely Woman" should do time. Gina Lollobrigida plays a rich, lonely woman but it's only a minor part that doesn't go anywhere.

The same can be said for all the parts, as well as the movie in general. From what I could gather it's about a young male model-cum-hustler juggling "relationships" (such as they're portrayed) with three women while looking for the big score, a rich girl who will keep him afloat for life. But no relationship is developed, no background examined, no motivation explained. He just bounces from woman to woman like a pinball and ends up marrying an emotionally stunted girl who plays with dolls. And we don't even see her until the final act.

This is a textbook case of "first-draft" cinema, a director who was interested more in shooting than in getting a story straight. That it was shot in Spain in 1972 and released in 1976 may have had to do with Franco's strict censorship - no stupidity allowed!

The only interesting bits are two cases of casting: Lollobrigida was perfect in her part as a beautiful, middle-aged, wealthy, sad wife looking for a fling as an aspirin against the boredom. If nothing else, she certainly knows how to weild a camera.

The other was Susan Hampshire, having fun cast completely against her usual type: she usually plays Her Ladyship of A By-Gone Era but here she played a hang-loose modern girl who paints forged Picassos and swears like a sailor (I counted two "fucks", one "shmuck" and one "prick.") Maybe this was Her Ladyship's 1972 descendant.

In both cases they performed like the veteran troopers, but one can only imagine the horrors they had in mind for their agents when they realized just how rotten this script turned out to be. Now THAT'S acting!


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