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Eréndira (1983)

While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in ... See full summary »

Director:

Ruy Guerra

Writers:

Gabriel García Márquez (novel), Gabriel García Márquez (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Papas ... Grandmother Amadis
Claudia Ohana ... Erendira
Michael Lonsdale ... Senator Onésimo Sanchez
Oliver Wehe Oliver Wehe ... Ulysses
Rufus ... Photographer
Blanca Guerra ... Ulysses' mother
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Grocer
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Ulysses' father
Carlos Cardán Carlos Cardán ... Smuggler
Humberto Elizondo ... Blacaman
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Army commander
Paco Mauri Paco Mauri ... Postman (as Francisco Mauri)
Sergio Calderón ... Truck driver
Martín Palomares Martín Palomares ... Escort
Salvador Garcini ... Puppet-player
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Storyline

While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in order to extract restitution from the girl, forces her into prostitution. Erendira's surreal mystical experiences continue while her grandmother grows rich from exploiting her. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

Mexico | France | West Germany

Language:

Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Erendira See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This was German child star Oliver Wehe's second and last movie role. He transitioned into ballet, eventually dancing principal roles with the Bavarian State Ballet. See more »

Quotes

Ulysses: There was enough poison to kill a million rats.
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Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Beautiful and overlooked work of Latin cinema.
6 July 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

"Erendira" is a film from Mexico that is rarely talked about. The film only exists in a low quality VHS format. It's a shame this film hasn't been given a DVD release. "Erendira" is stunning and gorgeous with its magic-realist images. "Erendira" is based on a short story from the novel "100 Years of Solitude". Erendira is constantly daydreaming and accidentally burns down her grandma's house. Her evil grandma, played by Irene Papas, forces her into prostitution to pay for the damages. The whole town gets a piece of Erendira, so to speak. Although the subject matter sounds harsh, the film doesn't exploit sexuality. It's done in a mature artistic manner. The film also has some amazing costumes. Some of the more surreal aspects of the film that stand out the most, are the origami birds that morph into real birds, and a golden orange with a diamond in the center. Erendira is an amazing film, that even manages to throw in humor. This is definitely a film that deserves a special DVD release. As they'd say in espanol, "Es muy muy bien !!! Excellente!


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