6.8/10
526
10 user 6 critic

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)
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Neco z Alenky (1988)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner
Stars: Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou
Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Bozzetto
Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Maurizio Micheli, Marialuisa Giovannini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova
Phaedra (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The powerful Greek ship-owner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos' greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Late on Guy Fawkes Day, 1892, Oscar Wilde arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits: a staging of his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes, Wilde's host, his lover ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A series of surreal sequences that critique morality and society in a stream of consciousness style.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Michel Piccoli
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde
The Crowd (1928)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. The first part, "Distant Voices", focuses on the father's role in the family. The second part, "Still Lives", focuses on his children.

Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Freda Dowie, Angela Walsh
Stachka (1925)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov
Edit

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 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 Salvador Garcini ... Puppet-player
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Mexico | West Germany

Language:

Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Erendira See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the story "La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y su abuela desalmada" ("The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"), by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. See more »

Quotes

Erendira: There was enough poison to kill a million rats.
See more »


Soundtracks

La chanson de Margaret
By Pierre Dumarchais and V. Marceau
Éditions Enoch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Magically real and incredibly well done
20 December 1999 | by dowd-3See all my reviews

Eréndira is a dark fairy tale covered in the blanket of magic realism that has become Gabriel García Márquez's trademark. Director Ruy Guerra has devoted a lot of attention to upholding the surrealistic undertones of the novel. The story itself unfolds like a bizarre daydream that follows a 14 year old Eréndira as she is plagued by the "wind of her misfortune." It is the wind that causes Eréndira to burn down her grandmother's lavish villa. Upon seeing the ruin and ashes the Grandmother informs Eréndira that "it would take a lifetime to back the debt you owe me." And so begins the young girl's life of prostitution. In order to earn back her money, the Grandmother sells Eréndira to countless men, day and night. It is only when Eréndira meets angelic Ulysses that her tortured life seemingly begins to change. Perhaps the most brilliant aspect of this movie is the role of the Grandmother, played by Irene Papas. She is carried around on a throne-like chair, wears grotesquely gaudy dresses and devours cake by the handful; all while dispensing cryptic advice to Eréndira. The power that the Grandmother has over the life of Eréndira is shocking yet morbidly interesting, as is she. This strong presence is the reason that her character commands the most attention in the film. Her greed and apparent indestructibleness is quite possibly representative of the many corrupt and powerful organizations and politicians that are present in Latin America and throughout the world.

Eréndira is a compelling movie to say the least. It is funny yet eerie, intriguing yet grotesque, and I thought it was amazing. Everything from the sound effects to the costumes work together to create the web of magic realism that dominates the film. If you like slightly dark stories of Latin American culture with a magical twist, Eréndira should be your first choice.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed