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El Sur (1983)

El sur (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 January 1984 (Netherlands)
A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Director:

Víctor Erice

Writers:

Víctor Erice (screenplay), Adelaida García Morales (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Omero Antonutti ... Agustín Arenas
Sonsoles Aranguren ... Estrella - 8 años
Icíar Bollaín ... Estrella - 15 años
Lola Cardona ... Julia
Rafaela Aparicio ... Milagros
Aurore Clément ... Irene Ríos / Laura
Maria Caro Maria Caro ... Casilda
Francisco Merino ... Enamorado
José Vivó José Vivó ... Camarero
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Doña Rosario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José García García Morilla José García García Morilla ... Chófer
María Massip María Massip ... Estrella adulta (voice)
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Storyline

The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north of Spain. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south which seem to be hidden in the personality of her father. Written by Volker Boehm

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Sur est un seul et grand Tango

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 January 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El Sur See more »

Filming Locations:

Estella, Navarra, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,959
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Víctor Erice considers this to be an unfinished project. The original script consisted of more than 400 pages and was scheduled to be shot in 81 days. 48 days into shooting, when production was to be moved to north Spain, producer Elías Querejeta unexpectedly suspended the project, allegedly because of financing objections by Televisión Española, the backing television network. However, Querejeta revealed years later that he made the decision because he though the movie was finished with what they've shot so far. See more »

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A lyrical intensity
16 September 2001 | by pives-1See all my reviews

I feel compelled to relate this as it has been at least ten years since I saw this film (in a student union theater) and it still has a powerful hold on my memory. I have been unable to find it on video, so my recollections are fragmentary.

I was so impressed, involved, and moved by this tale that I left the cinema feeling as if I were floating just above the pavement. One is quietly and adroitly drawn in by the mystery that the young daughter in 1950s Spain senses in her father. The political dimension is brilliantly nuanced, carefully alluded to without speechifying. The wondrous cinematography captures light so deftly at times that it is almost luminous: late afternoon sunlight across a room, snow slowly falling (viewed through a window), a rain soaked street at night. As the daughter grows to adolescence the enigma of her reticent father begins to clear. It may not sound like much in my words, but from wool Victor Erice has spun gold.


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