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The Red Squirrel (1993)

La ardilla roja (original title)
Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the ... See full summary »


Julio Medem


Julio Medem
12 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Lisa
Nancho Novo ... Jota
María Barranco ... Carmen
Karra Elejalde ... Antón
Carmelo Gómez ... Félix
Cristina Marcos ... Chica pelo azul
Mónica Molina Mónica Molina ... Chica pelo rojo
Ana Gracia Ana Gracia ... Dra. Psiquiatra
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Begoña
Susana García Díez Susana García Díez ... Eli (as Susana García)
Ane Sánchez Ane Sánchez ... Cristina
Eneko Irizar Eneko Irizar ... Alberto
Sarai Noceda Sarai Noceda ... Ana
Maite Yerro Maite Yerro ... Nicola
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Jefe Neorologia


Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the hospital. She has forgotten even what her name is, and he invents her life. He makes up a name for her and tells her and the doctors that they live together as a couple for four years. The lie goes on for a while... Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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Stanley Kubrick was such a fan of the film, he purchased Julio Medem's own personal print. See more »


Jota: [repeated] Breathe with me.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Room in Rome (2013) See more »


La ardilla roja
Performed by Txetxo Bengoetxea
Lyrics by Julio Medem
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Weird and Entertaining Love Story
11 January 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While struggling to have courage to jump off from a bridge to commit suicide, the musician Jota (Nancho Novo) that misses his girlfriend witnesses an accident with a motorcycle, with the rider falling down on the beach. Jota helps the unknown woman that has amnesia and goes in the ambulance with her to the hospital. Jota invents her name, calling her Lisa (Emma Suárez), and also that they have been living together for four years in his apartment nearby the beach. On the next morning, Jota visits Lisa, who is in session with the psychologist; then he leaves the hospital with her telling that she was discharged. Jota reinvents Lisa's past and travels with her to the camping "La Ardilla Roja", where they befriend the family of a taxi driver. When a stranger comes to the camping claiming that Lisa's name is Sophia indeed and that he is her husband, Jota feels trapped in his lies and questions whether Sophia has had amnesia.

"La Ardilla Roja" is a weird and entertaining love story, with an original and surrealistic screenplay and bizarre characters and situations. The gorgeous Emma Suárez has a stunning performance and shows a great chemistry with the odd and unusual Jota, performed by Nancho Novo. The climax with the arrival of Felix to the camp site is strange and a little disappointing, but the happy end fits well to the plot. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Esquilo Vermelho" ("The Red Squirrel")

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Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 February 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Squirrel See more »

Filming Locations:

El Pardo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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