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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 »

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Sergio Cabrera

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

Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1993 (Colombia) See more »

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The film was originally envisioned by Ramon Jimeno as an inspiration based on a story he had read in a newspaper, about the removal of tenants in a house whose legal procedure had taken such a long time that by the time the authorities had to intervene they realized that the house no longer existed. See more »

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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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The Definitive Cultural Prism for Comparing Regional and Class Differences in Colombia!
23 May 2017 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

As to whether or not CARACOL is the BEST Colombian film ever made is certainly open to debate. But that it is, undoubtedly, far and away my personal favorite is not! It's probably safe to say that many countries celebrate their regional and class cultural differences. Colombia obsesses over them! If you are relatively unfamiliar with them, there is no better way to introduce yourself than via this delicious example of late 20th Century Colombian film-making (1993).

CARACOL is an unrivaled showcase for Colombian talent. Sergio Cabrera directs, masterfully, and also doubles as script-writer. And what a superb and nuanced work he has crafted! Those of you who speak Spanish will, undoubtedly, be able to savor the semantic texture and subtleties Cabrera applies so skillfully. If ever there were a film tailor-made for the "Lost in Translation" Syndrome, I'm sure this is it! (To be honest, I have seen it a number of times in its original Spanish, so this is a supposition on my part, but I'm sure CARACOL does not lend itself, in the least, to translation!)

There is an underlying Universal theme, which people from every country on earth, who have ever felt the overwhelming sense of frustration and impotence that is an inevitable byproduct of battling a lethargic, glacier-paced bureaucracy, certainly can identify with! Undoubtedly, almost all of us have experienced moments such as these in our lives!

The cast is composed of some of the very best Colombia had to offer in the 1990's, so much so, that looking through the cast credits is pretty much a "Who's Who" of Colombian acting talent! Fausto Cabrera, Sergio's father, was born in Spain and was 71 when CARACOL was shot. Frank Ramirez, (Condores No Entierran Todos los Dias/A Man of Principle) has also appeared in a few American TV Series; Vicki Hernandez, practically a household name in Colombia, had a small role in Proof of Life (2000).

In closing, Just Let me say that the final scene has one of the greatest tag lines/Punch lines I have ever seen in any film in Spanish. Sadly, it is hard for me to envision any possible translation that would have the same impact on English speaking viewers….But Please don't let this stop you from getting your hands on a copy for viewing! CARACOL is a real "Must See" for all world citizens!

*10* Bureaucracy laden hurdle STARS*….ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!...


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