Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer ...
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An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child.
Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic.Written by
Tim Horrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stanley Kubrick greatly admired this film, calling it "a new way to have talk advance the narrative." He was especially impressed with Thomas Gibson, and cast him in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) without an audition on the basis of his performance here. See more »
The first scene introducing Marta at about 10 minutes in, she is seen arriving in a red car. When it is approaching it is a boxy late 70s/early 80s Renault 5, but when it stops it is a roundish Fiat 500 from the 60s which looks nothing at all like the car she came in. See more »
I couldn't believe Fred would just show up like that. On the other hand, it was absolutely typical.
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Whit Stillman has a knack for making really annoying and pointless movies about people who have no souls. I have never walked out of a movie theater during a movie, except for Barcelona.
A few years later, some friends of mine invited me to see Last Days of Disco. After two excruciating hours we walked out and it was only then that I saw the movie poster and realized it was a Whit Stillman film. I was instantly filled with regret that I had sat through this stultifying film, when I should have checked who the director was first, thereby avoiding the loss of those irretrievable hours. Stillman's talky, meandering films make you want to open up a vein. Boooring!
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