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Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935

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Julio Medem
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Cristina
Carmelo Gómez ... Manuel, Ignacio and Peru Irigibel
Ana Torrent ... Catalina
Karra Elejalde ... Ilegorri / Lucas
Klara Badiola Klara Badiola ... Madalen (as Clara Badiola)
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Manuel
Kandido Uranga ... Carmelo / Juan
Pilar Bardem ... Paulina (as Pilar Barden)
Miguel Ángel García Miguel Ángel García ... Peru as a child
Ane Sánchez Ane Sánchez ... Cristina as a child
Magdalena Mikolajczak Magdalena Mikolajczak ... Daughter as a child
Enara Azkue Enara Azkue ... Daughter as a child
Ortzi Balda Ortzi Balda ... Ilegorri / Lucas as a child
Elisabeth Ruiz Elisabeth Ruiz ... Hermana mayor
Ramón Barea ... Juez
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A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war of 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936. The film portrays how one single act of cowardice shapes the life of the next three generations of two families and fuels the intense rivalry which will span the next sixty-one years. Written by Anonymous

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Spanish

Release Date:

10 December 1993 (Sweden) See more »

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Interesting and thought-provoking film dealing with the fight between two families during three generations, from 1875 until 1936.
18 June 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spanish production with fine acting , colorful cinematography and rousing score by Alberto Iglesias . Julio Medem directed the film for Sogetel and it was released in 1992 . Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935 . A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war , Basque Country, 1875 . For decades Spain has been the scene of the Carlist Wars, and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936 . The picture tells how one simple act of cowardice originates the spark of the next three generations of two families , the Irigibel and Mendiluce . On the Carlist front sergeant Carmelo Mendiluce (Txema Blasco) learns his fellow villager Manuel Irigibel (Carmelo Gomez) has arrived as a recent rookie . Manuel seems pretty afraid and when the enemy attacks Carmelo attempts to help him . But Manuel is a coward and due to his cowardliness Carmelo dies . It fuels the intense rivalry which will spread the next sixty-one years . After that , 1915 , now is the time of a new generation , as there appears Peru Irigibel (Miguel Angel Garcia and grown-up performed by Carmelo Gomez) and Cristina Mendiluze (one-time-grown played by Emma Suarez) . Later on , there takes place the Civil war (1936) and the events get worse .

This is a slow-paced , deliberate though magnetic drama . It is a riveting film though a little boring . Anyway, the film is interesting , thematically intriguing , and usually scathing of virtually all institutions and classes . It contains marvelous cinematography , breathtaking musical score , enjoyable production design , but , for a variety of reasons, it does not quite pull as much punch as it should have . It tells the rise and downfall of two families , a long period of rivalry and hatred among them , they are excellently played by a magnificent plethora of main actors such as Carmelo Gomez , Emma Suarez and Karra Elejalde . Good support cast gives right performance and full of prestigious players such as Ana Torrent , Txema Blasco , Klara Badiola and Pilar Bardem , Juan Barden's mother . Adequate and atmospheric set design by Rafael Palmero , filmed on location in the Basque region , colorfully photographed by Carles Gusi . Intriguing as well as evocative musical score by several times Oscar nominated Alberto Iglesias ."Vacas" was brilliantly received and became a big success .

The motion picture was originally directed by Julio Medem who had been making short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father until he received a call from a new production company called Sogetel and executive producers Fernando de Garcillán , José Luis Olaizola , Enrique López Lavigne . They were interested in his script titled "Vacas" . It won the Goya Award from the Spanish academy for best new director, and won prizes in the festivals of Tokyo, Torino and Alexandria. In 1993 Medem made his second movie, "The red squirrel¨. It confirmed Medem's talents and won prizes in Fort Lauderdale, Bogota and Bucarest. His third movie, "Tierra," released in 1996, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. In 1998 Medem released " The lovers of the Polar Circle ," considered his best movie by most of his fans . It also became a box-office hit with more than one million spectators in Spain and was also released worldwide. In 2001 his fourth movie, "Lucia and sex ," became a huge hit and began the career of actress Paz Vega who won the Goya for best new actress . Although in 2003 failed with the release , "The Basque ball" , a documentary that portrays the phenomenon of nationalism and terrorism in the Basque Country of northern Spain , it was very polemical and partial . In 2007 directed the flop ¨Caotica Ana¨ and in 2010 , ¨Room in Rome¨, a successful though with not sense film , plenty of nudism and only starred by two gorgeous naked girls . Julio Medem is for sure one of the the most important and original Spanish filmmaker.


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