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Demonios en el jardín (1982)

Juan is the handsome, irresponsible, best-loved second son. When his older brother, who runs the family's black-market business with their steel-willed mother, marries Juan's lover Ana, ... See full summary »


Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon)


Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon), Luis Megino
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Cast overview:
Ángela Molina ... Ángela (as Angela Molina)
Ana Belén ... Ana (as Ana Belen)
Encarna Paso ... Gloria
Imanol Arias ... Juan
Eusebio Lázaro Eusebio Lázaro ... Óscar (as Eusebio Lazaro)
Francisco Merino ... Vendedor ambulante
Rafael Díaz Rafael Díaz ... Osorio (as Rafael Diaz)
Eduardo MacGregor Eduardo MacGregor ... Doctor (as Eduardo McGregor)
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Proyeccionista (as Pedro del Rio)
Pedro Basanta Pedro Basanta ... Especialista
Paco Catalá Paco Catalá ... Vendedor ambulante (as Francisco Catala)
José Luis Lemos José Luis Lemos ... Empleado (as Luis Lemos)
Jorge Roelas Jorge Roelas ... Tono
Amparo Climent Amparo Climent ... Doncella
Álvaro Sánchez Prieto Álvaro Sánchez Prieto ... Juanito (as Alvaro Sánchez-Prieto)


Juan is the handsome, irresponsible, best-loved second son. When his older brother, who runs the family's black-market business with their steel-willed mother, marries Juan's lover Ana, Juan heads for Madrid to work for Franco. Juan also leaves behind his impoverished cousin, Ángela, pregnant with his son. Jump ten years. Juanito, the lad, has rheumatic fever. The doctor says to pamper the boy. Ángela, Ana, and his grandmother comply. As Juanito recovers, his father returns in desperate need of cash; Juanito witnesses a theft blamed on his innocent mother. Things come to a head at a saint's-name party for father and son. Jealousies, betrayals, and a bullet converge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

14 March 1984 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Demons in the Garden See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Luis Megino See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Features Anna (1951) See more »


Written by Juan Mostazo (as J. Mostazo)
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Provoking drama dealing with a family enriched by the black market and full of love triangles , jealousies and treason
30 May 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film starts in 1942 , in the village of Torre Del Valle in which the stubborn grandmother Gloria (Encarna Paso) runs the family's black-market business at the bustling grocery called ¨El Jardín¨. There an open-air dance celebration takes place , Gloria prepares a noisy wedding of her older son , Oscar (Eusebio Lázaro), to the beautiful Ana (Ana Belén and Juan's lover) , while her another youngest son Juan (Imanol Arias) has a baby with his cousin Angela (Angela Molina) . Later on , Juan heads for Madrid to work for Franco . Juan also leaves behind his impoverished cousin , Ángela , pregnant with his son. Several years later , Angela and her child Juanito live at a far home from the village . Juanito is grown-up but the doctor (Eduardo McGregor) diagnoses rheumatic fever and he says to pamper the child . Grandmother Gloria convinces Angela to bring Juanito to live at the grocery . Shortly after , Franco comes to inaugurate a reservoir , there appears the strange Juan and Juanito wants to meet him . As Juanito recovers , he wishes eagerly to see his daddy who , subsequently , to be returned for economic problems . Then , Juanito witnesses a theft that results to be blamed on his innocent mother . This is an exciting journey to the Francoist period .

This is first part of an ambitious trilogy in which screenwriter and director Manuel Gutiérrez gives a sour analysis of the last decades of the Spanish society , along with : ¨Mitad Del Cielo¨(84) regarding the raising of a woman in the 60s thanks to a successful restaurant in Madrid , and ¨El Rey Del Rio¨ about a young becomes an important figure during the Socialist government . ¨Demons in the Garden¨ turns out to be other of the innumerable stories to deal with dramatic deeds concerning the post-Civil War background and Francisco Franco epoch . It results to be slow and confuse , but contains brief touches of humor and some fascinating , attractive images . It packs a narrative with complex structure , slowly paced and under sight point of a child . In the late seventies Manuel Gutiérrez directed four very personal films , -being produced by Luis Megino- , that were well considered by critics but indifferent reception by public , these are : the political ¨Camada Negra¨ , the uneven ¨Sonambulos¨ , this ¨Demonios En El Jardín¨ and their first mutual collaboration ¨El Corazón Del Bosque¨ , the strangest of his filmography . Luis Megino also produced him the following ones : ¨Maravillas¨, ¨Demonios En Jardín¨, ¨Malaventura¨ , ¨La Noche Más Hermosa¨ and ¨Mitad Del Cielo¨ , some of them starred by his fetish actress , Angela Molina .

¨Demons in the garden¨ is an acceptable but slowly developing film , because the story needs a vibration more real than the one offered in this tiring and sometimes boring yarn . But anyway , its is compensated with the decent performances from main and support cast . As the splendid cast is pretty well , such as : Encarna Paso as the steel-willed grandmother , Imanol Arias as the handsome , irresponsible, best-loved second son who goes back in desperate need of money , Angela Molina as the pregnant cousin , among others. This ¨Demonios En Jardín¨ has enjoyable scenes as Franco inaugurating a reservoir and as the little boy meets his father and suddenly discovering an unexpected surprise or when Juanito goes to the cinema to see dancing Silvana Mangano in the mythical ¨Bayon¨ in the film Anna (1952) by Alberto Lattuada . ¨Demonios En Jardín¨ displays a colorful , though dark cinematography by the great cameraman Jose Luis Alcaine , Aragon's regular . Being shot on location in El Escorial, Navacerrada, Lozoya, Madrid . It has an atmospheric musical score by Javier Iturralde, including some popular songs by the time .

This is a Spanish average budget production and didn't obtain enough success in the box-office . The motion picture perfectly produced by a magnificent producer , Luis Megino (also screenwriter) , was compellingly written and heavily directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon , a good Spanish movies director and here including some autobiographic remarks . Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón was born on January 2 , 1942 in Torrelavega , Cantabria, where uses to set most of films , including Valley Pas . He is a writer and director, known for ¨Habla, Mudita¨ (1973) , ¨Camada Negra¨ (1977) , ¨Maravillas¨ (1981) , ¨Demonios en el Jardín¨ (1982) , ¨Feroz¨ (1984) , ¨Visionarios¨ (2001) , ¨Todos Estamos Invitados¨ (2008) . He began working in cinema in 1973 when he filmed ¨Habla Mudita¨ with José Luis López Vazquez , this debut feature by acclaimed Spanish director deals with a strange relationship between a mature men and a mute villager and also set in rural country from Valley Pas . Manuel Gutierrez is a well recognized filmmaker both nationally and internationally, and in proof of it he won many prizes among which there are the following ones : David di Donatello Awards , Moscow International Film Festival , and San Sebastian International Festival award to ¨Demonios en Jardin¨ , Goya Awards 1987 to ¨La Mitad del Cielo¨ , Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain and Berlin Internation Festival 1996 to ¨Rey del Rio¨ , Biarritz International Festival awards and Goyas 2003 to ¨Caballero Don Quijote¨ , among others

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