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A young girl is sent to a South American hacienda, where she learns about the life of her reclusive aunt, Oriana

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Wells Doris Wells ... Oriana
Daniela Silverio ... Maria, adult
Rafael Briceño Rafael Briceño ... Padre
Mirtha Borges Mirtha Borges ... Fidelia
Maya Oloe Maya Oloe ... Maria, adolescent
Philippe Rouleau Philippe Rouleau ... Georges
Claudia Venturini Claudia Venturini ... Oriana, adolescent
Martha Canelon Martha Canelon ... Madre
Luis Armando Castillo Luis Armando Castillo ... Sergio
Asdrúbal Meléndez Asdrúbal Meléndez ... Sanchez
Hanna Caminos Hanna Caminos ... Oriana, child
Alejandro Padrón Alejandro Padrón ... Sergio, child
Leonor Contramaestre Leonor Contramaestre ... Anabel, child
Valmore Gómez Valmore Gómez ... Photographer
Blanca de Gómez Blanca de Gómez ... Teacher
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Storyline

Maria learns that her aunt Oriana has died and willed her a crumbling and remote Venezuelan hacienda where Maria spent a short time as a girl just entering puberty. Maria goes to the hacienda to prepare the place for sale; while going through her aunt's papers, she recalls her visit years' before. In flashbacks, we see the young Maria trying to sort out why Oriana never leaves the hacienda, what secret may be in Oriana's past, and who the mysterious Sergio was. The young Maria, as she learns things, imagines her aunt's youth, cruel father, and first love. After these reveries within reveries, Maria, now a grown woman, makes one more discovery. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Venezuela | France

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

8 January 1986 (France) See more »

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Oriane See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Official submission of Venezuela for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 58th Academy Awards in 1986. See more »

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Hovering...
6 January 2002 | by Aulic ExclusivaSee all my reviews

...over this movie is the mystery of other people, symbolised by the unknown, hidden past. Uneasy discovery is the subject: very Proustian.

If you are interested in action, pace, fancy shots, virtuoso transitions, and all the shenanigans that fascinate a certain segment of the film_BUFF_ "community", forget it. There is an almost Zen minimalism to the dramaturgy of this film: precisely like a South American Summer siesta. The Gothic element comes almost as an anticlimax, so perfectly is the mystery evoked. We might prefer not to discover, then? The protagonist, at the end, chooses to perpetuate her enigmas. Good for her. "The hacienda is not for sale." An outstanding Latin-American work of art.


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