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La estrategia del caracol (1993)

A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergio Cabrera

Writers:

Sergio Cabrera (script), Humberto Dorado | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fausto Cabrera Fausto Cabrera ... Don Jacinto
Frank Ramírez ... 'Perro' Romero
Delfina Guido Delfina Guido ... Misia Triana, the housekeeper
Vicky Hernández Vicky Hernández ... Doña Eulalia, the pious murderess
Humberto Dorado Humberto Dorado ... Víctor Honorio Mosquera, the owner's lawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gustavo Angarita Gustavo Angarita ... Father Luis, the accomplice priest
Antonio Aparicio Antonio Aparicio
Eduardo Arias Eduardo Arias ... Treasure buyer
Jaime Azcárate Jaime Azcárate ... Bodyguard #2
Salvatore Basile ... Matatigres, the bully
Rosa Virginia Bonilla Rosa Virginia Bonilla ... Court secretary
Jairo Camargo Jairo Camargo ... Lieutenant
Ivan Castano Ivan Castano
Mauricio Castano Mauricio Castano ... News operator B
Sain Castro Sain Castro ... Justo, the left-wing militant
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A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But one of them thinks of a way of saving, at least, their dignity. Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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Country:

Italy | Colombia | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1993 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snail's Strategy See more »

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Trivia

Although Jimeno had envisioned the movie several years before it was screenwriter and actor Humberto Dorado who finally shaped it into a dense 400 pages screenplay, that eventually became the original screenplay and a blueprint for the film. Later after the majority of it was filmed, screenwriter Jorge Goldenberg came as an editing consultant and restructured the film, but it was not only until Nobel Prize Gabriel García Márquez saw the pilot of the film and encouraged Sergio Cabrera to continue with the making of the film. Because of budget problems and the lack of support of the Colombian government the film took four years to be fully completed . In fact by the time the Colombian government was actually shutting down the cultural organizations that supported filmmakers such as Focine. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Holguín, the house owner: [Reading the words on the wall, after that the front of the house falls] "Here's your fucking painted house."
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Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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Here's your painted house!
9 July 2010 | by nick suessSee all my reviews

During our winter season, the Perth Tango Club shows a South American movie every Friday before the regular dance session, and we have seen some excellent cinema this year, but this delightful film has been the highlight so far. Like one contributor here I found myself thinking of it as a Gabriel Garcia Marquez fable as I watched the plot steadily unwind, and like another I thought of the "subversive interruption of the abstracting powers of speculative capital", and "the socially disjunctive effects of capitalism" (I quote from that review). Indeed it had me wondering why we as human society continue to allow the anti-social rich to mess with our lives so much. But that's politics, and the movie was far more about the power of the human spirit than it was about making a political statement, and the young left-wing politico in the group got very firmly told to just stop the slogan-bashing and get on with the vital work at hand. The emptiness of the rich man's painted house was the final message of this lovely fable. Beautifully shot, with no special effects to distract from the power of the acting. I couldn't fault it. 10/10


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