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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 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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Storyline

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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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

Víctor Honorio Mosquera, the owner's lawyer: The Uribe house is private property, don't forget that.
'Perro' Romero: And your mother was never private property, Mosquera. Don't you forget that.
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Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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A tale, not so far from reality, of people fighting for their home.
30 September 2000 | by jedagonSee all my reviews

La estrategia del caracol is a precious tale, like one of those G.G. Marquez usually writes. There is a kind of magic realism on it, so we see a world that is not exactly as the real one, but is quite similar. The whole film, in my opinion, is a metaforic view of the society, represented by the house. The people living there have to learn to live altogether, despite their differences, and fight together to face a great danger: The destruction of their home.

After using as many legal tricks as possible, there is only one solution, proposed by a former Spanish civil war fighter. But this solution means work, and everybody must work with his neighbours, doing as much as possible and receiving everything needed in exchange. During the work, they act as a team, as a real society; and some anarchist little dreams can come true, although, as Jacinto (the Spanish exiliate)says "it´s autumn in Spain". Nowadays, I´m afraid it´s already winter.


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