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Antonieta (1982)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 21 October 1982 (Spain)
A French psychologist investigates about famous suicidal women. She finds the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the ... See full summary »

Director:

Carlos Saura

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay), Jean-Claude Carrière (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Antonieta Rivas Mercado
Hanna Schygulla ... Anna
Ignacio López Tarso ... Vargas
Carlos Bracho ... José Vasconcelos
Gonzalo Vega ... Manuel Rodriguez Lozano
Bruno Rey ... Alvaro Obregon
Fernando Balzaretti Fernando Balzaretti ... Secretario Vasconcelos
Víctor Junco ... Porfirio Diaz
Víctor Alcocer ... Orado
Narciso Busquets ... Arq, Rivas Mercado
José Lavat ... Esposo, Antonieta's Husband
Héctor Alterio ... Leon
María Montaño María Montaño ... Carmen Mondragon
Fernando Palavicini Fernando Palavicini ... Amigo Vasconcelos
Enrique Beraza Enrique Beraza ... Assistente Vasconcelos
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A French psychologist investigates about famous suicidal women. She finds the case of Antonieta Rivas Mercado, a Mexican writer who died inside Paris' Notre Dame in 1931. To follow the investigation she travels to Mexico to reveal her life. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Antonieta (1982)
12 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A rare dud by Saura. A French psychologist (Fassbinder regular Hanna Schygulla) is researching female suicide and travels to Mexico to study the life of Antonieta Rivas Mercado (Isabella Adjani), a writer and political activist who shot herself in Notre Dame. This wasn't Saura's project, he basically did it as a director-for-hire, and there's little to no passion in it. Very uneventful and dull, a lot of political information but not much insight into Antonieta's interior life. We get a sense of why she's important to Mexican culture, but not why she's a character worth spending time with. The few interesting moments (particularly when Schygulla "meets" Adjani) are overwhelmed by dry biographical data, with Adjani pretty much sleepwalking through the role. It didn't help that the DVD was wretched, clearly transferred from a VHS source, and a poor one at that.


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Release Date:

21 October 1982 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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