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Chatarra (1991)

Zabu is a hooker living with her daughter in a little dirty industrial town. Both live in the house of a small time crook while dreaming of going to Australia, where a relative who owns a ... See full summary »


Félix Rotaeta
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Complete credited cast:
Carmen Maura ... Zabú
Mario Gas Mario Gas ... El Policía
Àlex Casanovas ... Lino (as Alex Casanovas)
Rosario Flores ... Mariló
Marieta Orozco ... Lola (as Maria Orozco)
Santi Ricart ... Bambi
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Romero
María Reniu María Reniu ... Madame Club Siempre
María José Moreno ... La Profesora
Lluïsa Castell Lluïsa Castell ... Chica Charlie (as Lluisa Castell)
Víctor Guillén Víctor Guillén ... Recepcionista El Edén
Elena Figueras Elena Figueras ... Agente Inmobilaria
Orestes Gas Orestes Gas ... El Niño
Javier Sanz Javier Sanz ... El Profesor
Walter Vidarte ... Roca


Zabu is a hooker living with her daughter in a little dirty industrial town. Both live in the house of a small time crook while dreaming of going to Australia, where a relative who owns a restaurant is waiting for them. One day a cop shows up claiming to be the girl's father and wanting to retire both of them from their current life.

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Release Date:

11 October 1991 (Spain) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Intriguing and strong drama with fine interpretation and passable direction
19 September 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Decent picture , starring Carmen Maura and Mario Gas and that was selected to contest at the Venice Festival . A likeable whore nicknamed Zabú (Carmen Maura) lives with her daughter (Marieta Orozco) and another prostitute (Rosario Flores) in a little dirty industrial town. Both live in the house of a small-time delinquent (Alex Casanovas) while Zabu dreaming of going to Outback , along with their daughter Lola and where her brother owns an Australian restaurant , being waiting for them. One day a cripple police officer (Mario Gas) shows up claiming to be the girl's dad. Things go wrong when the cop executes violent acts against them .

Thriller and drama movie dealing with a hooker and a policeman and their complex and thunderous relationships . This is an intriguing and suspenseful Spanish production full of incidents , twists and turns with a compelling tale of intersecting narratives . The film contains violence , thrills , emotion and intense drama . Stirring and interesting screenplay from Gaztambide, Jose Vitoria and Felix Rotaeta himself. Cast and support cast are pretty well . Carmen Maura gives a nice acting as Zabu , a hooker living with her daughter Lola . Mario Gas gives a tough performance as a violent cop who attempts to avoid they flee at whatever means and wanting to retire both of them from their current life. Secondary actors are adequate and fitting to their roles, such as Àlex Casanovas , Rosario Flores , Marieta Orozco , Santi Ricart ,Walter Vidarte and brief appearance by Pere Ponce.

It packs an atmospheric and evocative musical score by Carlos Miranda . And appropriate cinematography by Josep M. Civit . This photographer Josep M Civit is one of the best Spanish cameramen, as he has demonstrated in "The Hidden Face" , ¨Shiver¨, ¨Warriors¨ , ¨The Absent" , ¨Asphalt¨ , ¨Anguish¨ and many others .The motion picture was well produced by Jose' Samano and professionally directed by Félix Rotaeta, besides the flick attended Venice Festival with a certain success . Felix (Madrid, April 1, 1942 - Barcelona, November 23, 1994) Rotaeta was a good actor, director and Spanish writer.After studying journalism and dramatic art he began to devote himself to acting through the independent theater group Los Goliardos, in which he remained from 1965 until its dissolution in 1972 . A year later he debuted in the cinema reaching some notoriety in the middle during the seventies and early eighties. Specialized in complex, tormented and sometimes sinister characters, highlights his role as jealous and abusive husband in the first feature directed by Pedro Almodóvar who also produced : Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls from the pile (1980) .During that time he continued his career as an actor in theater and television: Silence, we premiered (1974), The Rogue (1974), Sighs of Spain (1974), Fog (1976), Broken Dishes (1985) or Delirios de Amor (1989) . As a literary author he wrote the novels The Pistols (JC, 1981; Hyperion, 1983) and Merienda de Blancos (Hiperión, 1983) 10 and the play Del Marqués to the Minister, without going through the record. He also directed two feature films: The Pleasure of Killing (1987), adaptation of his novel Las pistolas, which won the award for best first opera in the IV Week of the Spanish Cinema of Murcia, and this Chatarra or Scrap (1991). Rating 6/10. Acceptable and passable.

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