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Of Love and Shadows (1994)

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Chile 1973 is ruled by the dictator Pinochet. The wealthy don't see the violence, terror, executions etc. including Irene. She's engaged to an officer in the fascist military. She meets Francisco who opens her eyes to truth and love.

Director:

Betty Kaplan

Writers:

Isabel Allende (book), Donald Freed (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Francisco
Jennifer Connelly ... Irene
Stefania Sandrelli ... Beatriz
Diego Wallraff ... Jose
Camilo Gallardo Camilo Gallardo ... Gustavo
Patricio Contreras ... Mario
Jorge Rivera López Jorge Rivera López ... Professor Leal (as Jorge Rivera Lopez)
Angela Ragno Angela Ragno ... Hilda Leal
Alejandro Toccalino Alejandro Toccalino ... Guard at Roadblock
Alfredo Martín Alfredo Martín ... Surgeon (as Alfredo Martin)
Ana Leza Ana Leza ... Evangelina (as Anita Lesa)
Carmen Renard Carmen Renard ... The Rich Widow
Cesar Parlani Cesar Parlani ... Reverend
Claudio Ciacci Claudio Ciacci ... Comandant Ramirez
Daniel Alvarado Daniel Alvarado ... Freedom Fighter
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Storyline

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and her heart to the atrocities being committed by the state. Written by Anonymous

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Surrounded by danger, they'll risk everything for freedom! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of strong sexuality, and for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Argentina | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De amor y de sombras See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,357, 12 May 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,710
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Based on real life events See more »

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Francisco: I work in the shadows. Do you know what it means?
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Of Love and Shadows
Music by Jose Nieto
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A Serious Film that Nobody takes Serious!
20 June 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

The subject matter of this movie couldn't be anymore serious. This movie failed because the studio advertised this as a passionate movie between Antonio and Jennifer. The poster and box cover for the movie shows them engaged, half naked in the middle of an act of love. In the first 10 minutes of the movie, we see some kind of a foreplay situation between Jennifer and her cousin / lover. Then, the climax of the movie has nothing to do with the investigation they had been on. The movie peeks when both Antonio and Jennifer make love. While the one scene has been said to be the only good part of the movie, I must agree that the studios allowed the audience to believe that this movie was going to be packed with sex, sex, nudity, and more sex. You can't sell a box of cereal with a naked woman on the cover and then have the cereal filled with little marsh mellow religious figures of Christ and Saint Peter and Paul. Much like the cereal, the movie has its moments but fails to hold an audience because everybody is waiting for the sex scene. The movie tries to get serious but we are overwhelmed by the eye candy that is Jennifer and Antonio that we can't wait for the passion to take over.


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