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Earth (1996)

Tierra (original title)
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Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests ... See full summary »

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Julio Medem

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ... Ángel Bengoelxeo
Emma Suárez ... Ángela
Karra Elejalde ... Patricio
Silke ... Mari
Nancho Novo ... Alberto
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Tomás
Ane Sánchez Ane Sánchez ... Ángela Hija
Juan José Suárez Juan José Suárez ... Manuel
Ricardo Amador Ricardo Amador ... Charly
César Vea ... Miñón
Pepe Viyuela ... Ulloa
Alicia Agut Alicia Agut ... Cristina
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... Tío Ángel
Vicente Haro Vicente Haro ... Alcalde (as Vicente Haro Marón)
Adelfina Serrano Adelfina Serrano ... Concha
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Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests responsible for giving their product an "earthy" taste that has divided local opinion. While in town, Angel becomes involved with two beautiful and very different women, and impacts their lives on a grand scale. Can either of these women accept the fact that Angel travels with a "ghost" of himself, or that he routinely speaks with the deseased townspeople? Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Earth See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Antonio Banderas was supposed to play Ángel in the film, but due to schedule problems, director Julio Medem replaced him with Carmelo Gómez See more »

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References The Exterminating Angel (1962) See more »

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Not for the lazy brained
20 December 1999 | by jmabelSee all my reviews

I liked this film a great deal. Medem is a wonderful director, who can take you for more of a ride with plot alone than most other directors can do with special effects: keep your brain in high gear to follow this story.

Among other twists, we are left to wonder just how much is Angel's hallucination and how much is really occurring. The only fault I can find with the film is that this is not left even more open: I'd rather not know that there is any particular reason to doubt Angel's sanity.

I loved the notion of an exterminator (named Angel, no less) sent to kill off an epidemic of burrowing insects that change the flavor of the local wine, even though he rather likes the altered taste, as do at least some of the locals. I also felt that the theme of a man being drawn carnally to one woman and equally strongly (but less physically) to another, while it has been explored often -- too often -- has seldom been explored better or in a manner more appropriate to the cinema.

Settle back with a glass of Rioja and watch it. Maybe twice.


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