7.3/10
3,860
25 user 18 critic

La ardilla roja (1993)

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 »

Director:

Julio Medem

Writer:

Julio Medem
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

12 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Tierra (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests ... See full summary »

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Emma Suárez, Karra Elejalde
Vacas (1992)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Ana Torrent
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers will reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif that is woven by destiny, faith and love.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo
Chaotic Ana (2007)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A countdown, 10, 9, 8, 7... until 0, like in hypnosis, through which Ana proves that she does not live alone.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Manuela Vellés, Charlotte Rampling, Bebe
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Xabier Arzalluz, Bernardo Atxaga, Txiki Benegas
Sex and Lucia (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
Ma ma (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Asier Etxeandia, Miriam Giovanelli, Santos Andoni Arniño
Barrio (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A coming-of-age story in the vein of CITY OF GOD and KIDS - available for the first time in the U.S.!

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Stars: Críspulo Cabezas, Timy Benito, Eloi Yebra
Kalebegiak (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Directors: Koldo Almandoz, Asier Altuna, and 13 more credits »
Stars: Marta Etura, Bárbara Goenaga, Miren Ibarguren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When finally she gets pregnant, the relation between ... See full summary »

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Stars: Silvia Munt, Tito Valverde, Susana García Díez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Lisa
Nancho Novo 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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 February 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rote Eichhörnchen See more »

Filming Locations:

El Pardo, Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Félix: I love her from my very entrails. I need her same as I need my liver, my brain, my eyes. Without her, my bones break, my lungs melt and I cannot breathe. I need Sofia so that I can live.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Room in Rome (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Elisa
Performed by Txetxo Bengoetxea
Lyrics by Julio Medem
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Strange story about a peculiar love story between a girl who suffers amnesia and her saviour
9 January 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Intense as well as offbeat/intriguing drama with top-notch acting , superb photography and sensitive soundtrack . This brooding picture contains a magnificent performance by a beautiful woman , Emma Suarez , and a good support cast full of prestigious players giving right performances . It deals with Sofia (Emma Suarez) who suffers a motorcycle accident and loses her memory . Jota (Nanco Novo) is a musician, (Susana Gimenez) affected when misses his girlfriend , as he witnesses a motorcycle accident . When he meets Sofia who suffers amnesia , he then takes advantage of the deeds and reinvents her name as Lisa and her life according to his desires . Sofia/Lisa impacts on a great scale about Jota's life . As he makes up a name for her and tells the doctors (Ana Gracia , Txema Blasco , Cheta Lera) that they live together as a couple for several years . Later on , they go to a holiday camping and become involved with a couple called Antón (Karra Elejalde), a cabman , Carmen (María Barranco) and their children . After that , there appears a strange character named Felix (Carmelo Gómez) related to her .

Spanish production with fine acting , colorful cinematography , excellently interpreted and rousing score by Alberto Iglesias . Julio Medem directed the film for Sogetel and producer Enrique López Lavigne and it was released in 1993 . Set in San Sebastian or Donostia and at a lagoon in Pelayos De Presa , this interesting and thought-provoking film dealing with a story of solitary people , as a strange , unsettling young , well played by Nancho Novo , desperate after separating from his girlfriend , as well as a twenty-five-years-old girl riding a motorcycle and falling off a bridge , subsequently suffering amnesia , being splendidly performed by Emma Suarez . The picture was considered by the prestigious ¨Daily Telegraph¨ : as taut and intricate as anything by Alfred Hitchcock . This is a thrilling , exciting , deliberate though magnetic drama . It contains marvelous photography , breathtaking musical score and enjoyable production design . It is a riveting film though sometimes a little boring , slow-pace and overlong . Anyway, the film is interesting , thematically intriguing and strange ; Medem has his own style of telling a story . Very good support cast such as Maria Barranco , Chete Lera , Cristina Marcos ,Txema Blasco , Ana Gracia , Monica Molina and Karra Elejalde , Julio Medem's ordinary . Thrilling as well as sensitive musical score mirroring well the scenery, its people and the story line, it was superbly composed by several times Oscar nominated Alberto Iglesias , Julio Medem's usual . In addition , a spotless pictorial cinematography by Gonzalo Fernandez and a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence , every space ; being rightly filmed on location in Pelayos De la Presa, El Pardo , San Martín Valdeiglesias, Madrid, Usanos, Guadalajara and San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco .

The motion picture was well produced by Fernado Garcillan and originally directed by Julio Medem ; this his second movie, "Ardilla Roja" or ¨The red squirrel¨ released in 1993, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and it confirmed Medem's talents and won prizes in Fort Lauderdale, Bogota and Bucarest . Medem 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 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. Well worth watching if you get the chance .


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed