Santiago is a 40-year-old man who runs a bakery in the old town of Madrid, very close to the Plaza Mayor. One day, Santiago receives news that a stranger has left him as an inheritance the ... See full summary »
Jaime de Armiñán
José Luis López Vázquez,
In a town near Salamanca, an eccentric widower, aged 60, is captivated by an imp, a precocious 13 year old. Alejandro is wealthy and alone, passing time with music, chess, and his shotgun. ... See full summary »
Madrid in the 40s: in an old neighborhood tavern, every first Friday of the month at nightfall Moor Hauma organizes a unique and secret card game. The Caudillo, Francisco Franco, meets with several friends of Africa's campaign for a game.
The former pupils of the school "Ateneo" meet several years later to honor the retirement of the head master, Mrs. María. The house where everyone meets, still evokes ancient memories from ... See full summary »
Jaime de Armiñán
Carmen de la Maza,
Slow, but with deliciously intelligent dialog, keen, full of irony - A MUST SEE
This was Fernando Rey's last movie as an actor, he died shortly after. And what a way to say good-bye. The plot is rather simple: two screen writers, one old and accomplished (Rey), the other one in the learning curve, but young and smart, hide away in a monastery to escape writer's block and concentrate on a piece of work they must do against a tight time line. But against this simple plot, both men confront the essentials of live: one's work and creative art, love, lust, youth and aging, and ultimately, death. Their task and sense of duty is constantly challenged by the pleasures of life, landscape, food, the enjoyment of a walk in the country, and the final and definitive distraction: a mysterious, sensuous woman.
What makes this movie is the dialog, one of the most intelligent, picaresque, ironic dialogs of any film. Shot against a beautiful landscape.
I've seen it twice, and I've decided to buy it. A must in anybody who loves good intelligent films, out of the ordinary.
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