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La blanca paloma (1989)

A man living in a Basque town falls for a woman being sexually abused by her father. Attempting to stop the abuse tragedy soon follows.

Director:

Juan Miñón

Writers:

Manolo Matji (screenplay) (as Manuel Matjí), Manolo Matji (story) (as Manuel Matjí) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Rabal ... Domingo
Antonio Banderas ... Mario
Emma Suárez ... Rocío
Mercedes Sampietro ... Madre de Rocío
Sonsoles Benedicto Sonsoles Benedicto ... Adela
Perla Cristal ... Maite
Esther Velasco Esther Velasco ... Espe
Carlos Kaniowsky ... Santi
Carlos Manuel Hussey Carlos Manuel Hussey
Enrique Escudero Enrique Escudero ... Marcel
Daniel Trepiana Daniel Trepiana
Ramón Barea ... Tomás
Paco Catalá Paco Catalá ... (as Francisco Catalá)
Pablo Guibert Pablo Guibert
Javier Inglés Javier Inglés
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Storyline

The story unfolds in Bilbao. Rocío (Emma Suárez), is in love with Mario (Antonio Banderas), a free rider with a lot of face that, to top it all, is partner of the business of her father, Domingo (Francisco Rabal) with whom she maintains incestuous relations. When Domingo passes away, both Mario and Rocío's mother have to put to the front of the business, finishing with the inheritance that could receive Rocío. In the midst of her frustration, a young business worker, secretly in love with Rocío, will try to have the legacy of her father end up in the hands of his rightful heiress.

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Tragedy turns passion into a deadly affair.

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Action | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, a rape scene and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

16 January 1990 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Dove See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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La gata bajo la lluvia
Written by Rafael Pérez Botija
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A Dramatic, Bizarre and Tragic Love Story During a Disturbed Period of Spanish History
12 September 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Antonio Banderas is a 'basco', who lost his brother somehow and is fighting against Spanish forces through violent public manifestation. It is not clear whether he belongs to ETA or just to some popular protest movement. He meets the sensual Emma Suaréz, the Spanish daughter of an owner of a small bar, and falls in love with her. Her mother is very ill and her father (sexually) abuses of her. This dramatic and bizarre love story will end in a tragic way. The screenplay of this movie is very confused. The movie begins with a conflict. There is no explanation for the viewer where, when and why this conflict is happening. The reference to the city is never mentioned, but certainly is located in Vizcaya, Guipuscoa, Alava or Navarra, provinces where basis live in Spain. The friends of the character of Banderas seem to belong to ETA, but there is no clear reference in the movie. The period also is not clear whether it is during or after Franco dictatorship or probably during the government of Felipe González. The viewer (like me) who is not aware of the political situation of Spanish and Bascos in details will certainly not understand most of the problems and conflicts showed in the movie. In my point of view, a movie with intention to be distributed worldwide should provide some political and geographical reference for its public. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Branca Paloma" (The "White Paloma")


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