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La mitad del cielo (1986)

Rosa is an cantabrian woman who travel to Madrid after the Civil War. With the help of Don Pedro, a chief supplies, she opens a restaurant that transforms in a political and intelectual center.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ángela Molina ... Rosa
Margarita Lozano ... Abuela
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Pedro
Antonio Valero ... Juan
Nacho Martínez ... Delgado
Santiago Ramos ... Antonio
Carolina Silva Carolina Silva ... Olvido
Francisco Merino ... Ramiro
Enriqueta Carballeira ... Hermana de Rosa
Julia Martínez ... Cuñada de Don Pedro (as Julita Martínez)
Mercedes Lezcano Mercedes Lezcano ... Hermana de Rosa
Concha Leza Concha Leza ... Cuñada de Don Pedro
Mónica Molina Mónica Molina ... Rosa (joven)
Raúl Fraire ... Padre de Rosa
Concha Hidalgo ... Madre de Rosa


Rosa is an cantabrian woman who travel to Madrid after the Civil War. With the help of Don Pedro, a chief supplies, she opens a restaurant that transforms in a political and intelectual center.

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10 October 1986 (Spain) See more »

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Enjoyable Manuel Gutierrez Aragón film with good cast and including gorgeous outdoors from Valley of Pas , Cantabria
3 February 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Rural and urban drama set in wonderful landscapes and starred by Spanish all-star-cast , such as Angela Molina , Fernando Fernán Gómez , Santiago Ramos , Antonio Valero and being well directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon . It deals with Rosa's life (Angela Molina) from her adolescence at a village in Cantabria region to the sixties in which she triumphs in Madrid , ruling a great restaurant . In Valle De Pas , Rosa lives with her parents (Raul Freire , Concha Hidalgo) and siblings (Enriqueta Carballeira , Mercedes Lezcano) . But Rosa flees from her sad home and goes to the capital , Madrid . At the beginning , Rosa gets a stand at the market where sells tripe , sweetbread , liver , kidney , tongue and other guts . A bit later on , with the help of Don Pedro (Fernando Fernán Gómez) , a chief supplies , she opens a restaurant that transforms in an intellectual and political center .

The brilliant first part is set in Valle De Pas , next to Torrelavega , Cantabria , North of Spain , with little dialogue and narrative ellipsis . Here several characters are presented , the stiff-upper-lip father , the haunting grandmother , and her future husband : Santiago Ramos , who goes into prison . The second part describes how Rosa arrives in Madrid as maid of the wealthy Don Pedro , magnificently played by Fernando Fernan Gomez , as always . This interesting film deals with thought-provoking drama of human emotions crammed with social habits , family relationship and love stories . Its style is pretty much agreeable and realistic as well in the atmosphere as in the fresh dialog , but also including magical elements as when the deceased grandmother appears . This film describes the rural life , including a character studio of local people along with their lives in the big city with markets , shops and restaurants ; however , it relies heavily on Rosa's family relationships . The picture belongs to Manuel Gutierrez Aragon's trilogy , formed by : 1ª : ¨Demonios En Jardín¨ (1982) , 2ª : ¨Mitad Del Cielo¨ (1986) or ¨Half of Heaven¨ and 3ª : ¨El Rey Del Rio¨(1999) , all of the them concerning about chronicles of the post-Spanish Civil War until the ¨political transition¨ . The film talks about ¨Food¨, as various characters appear eating and preparing vegetable stews , meats , dishes , and other stews . Well played by known and notorious actors such as Angela Molina playing a Cantabrian woman who travels to Madrid after the Civil War to get a great triumph and Fernando Fernán Gómez steals the show as old supplies chief who falls in love for Rosa . Support cast is frankly good , such as Margarita Lozano as mysterious grandmother , Paula Molina as a teen of lurid imagination , Raul Freire as a grumpy father who pulls off coercing methods , Nacho Martínez as stiff public official and Francisco Merino as likable shopkeeper . Good production design by Jose Luis Cerezo , correctly reflecting the atmosphere by that time and location . Evocative gowns by expert costumer Gerardo Vera . Splendid photography with juicy atmosphere by the prestigious Jose Luis Alcaine . Alcaine was first cinematographer to use fluorescent tube as "key" lightning and deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen . Alcaine frequently works with Pedro Almodóvar , Bigas Luna and Vicente Aranda , he has photographed a lot of successes . Being appropriately filmed on location , showing one colorful filming from Valle De Pas , Cantabria , North of Spain . Traditional and folklorist score by a great folk band , Milladoiro . The picture won numerous prizes such as Fotogramas De Plata 1987 to Best Film , Best Movie Actor : Fernando Fernán Gómez ; Goya Awards 1987 to Best Movie Actress : Angela Molina , Best Cinematography : José Luis Alcaine , Best Costume Design : Gerardo Vera ; San Sebastian International Film Festival won Golden SeaShell : best filmmaker and best actress .

The motion picture perfectly produced by magnificent producer , Luis Megino (also screenwriter) was compellingly written and directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon , a good Spanish movies director . 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 ¨ , 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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