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La herida luminosa (1997)

Dr. Molinos, a prestigious cardiologist, and his wife Isabel are going through a serious marital crisis. They live in Oviedo, in the oppressive Spain of the 50s, in the company of two maids... See full summary »


José Luis Garci
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Guillén ... Doctor Molinos
Mercedes Sampietro ... Doña Isabel
Julia Gutiérrez Caba ... Sor Benedicta
María Massip María Massip ... Escolástica
Beatriz Santana Beatriz Santana ... Julia
Neus Asensi ... Jovita
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Sor María
Juan Calot ... Gálvez
Concha Gómez Conde Concha Gómez Conde ... Florista
Norma Garci Norma Garci
María Elena Flores ... Jugadora
Alicia Rozas Alicia Rozas ... Niña
José Luis Merino José Luis Merino
Maria De Los Reyes Martinez Maria De Los Reyes Martinez
Lourdes De Orduña Lourdes De Orduña


Dr. Molinos, a prestigious cardiologist, and his wife Isabel are going through a serious marital crisis. They live in Oviedo, in the oppressive Spain of the 50s, in the company of two maids: Escolástica and Jovita. His only daughter, Maribel, entered a convent of nuns. The unexpected love felt by Dr. Molinos for Julia, a young doctor who is much younger than him, makes him feel alive again. Written by jsanchez

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This is the first movie where Fernando Guillén and Cayetana Guillén Cuervo act as father and daughter, as they are in real life. This situation is repeated in another movie by the same director (José Luis Garci): The Grandfather (1998). See more »


Version of La herida luminosa (1956) See more »


Concierto nº 2 para piano en C menor Opus 18
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Performed by Coro de Monjas Benedictinas del Real Monasterio de San Pelayo
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Heartbreaking melodrama with nice settings, evocative cinematography and great performances
13 April 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Second version based on a prestigious novel by José Maria Segarra . Set in the fifties and it deals with a notorious surgeon and cardiologíst called Enrique Molinos , Fernando Guillen , married to Isabel , Mercedes San Prieto , a marriage whose life has been turning apart long time ago . The point of no return came when their only daughter , Cayetana Guillen Cuervo, has made up his mind to become a nun at a convent run by an understanding Superior Mother , Julia Gutierrez Caba . This one causes father's reject making the gap between the isolated marriage grow deeper . As she has an excessive religious devotion and she is going to travel as a missionary at Ruanda , Africa , while her daddy has a complete and extreme lack of faith . Then, the unhappy couple utterly falling apart , and the animosity between the marriage is enhaced when the wife finds her husband's infedility with a lover , Beatriz Santana .

Dramatic and heart-rending religious drama about a couple in crisis drifting apart over time due to husband's infedility , as they have strong disagreements and an ill daughter , though Enrique attempts to be conciliatory , but the sad events are accentuated at the end . Based on homonymous play by José Maria Segarra with script by Jose Luis Garci himself and his usual writer Horacio Valcarcel , concerning a twisted story of suffering and redemption . Here José Luis Garcí adds some characters as the servants , Neus Asensi ,Maria Massip, introducing some humor and paying tribute to broadcasting with roles hearing Radio of the fifties. In addition , Garcí presents some changes from original , as replacing a priest by a nun and substituting a son by a daughter . Here Garci regarding and delving into the troublesome labyrinth of the Catholic drama . This is a light and tímid melodrama compared to first version , the excessive and passional Mexican , Spanish drama La Herida Luminosa 1956 directed by Tulio Demicheli with Arturo de Córdoba , Amparo Rivelles ,and a young José Maria Rodero playing the priest son .

It packs a colorful and evocative photography by Raul Perez Cubero . Being shot in Toledo , Madrid , Santander , Monasterio de La Vid , Burgos and Asturias . Asturias was the gorgeous location where Garci shot various films similar to Gonzalo Suarez. Adding adequate settings and appropriate production design by the Oscar winner Gil Parrondo . Furthermore , a sensitive and touching score by Manuel Balboa. Produced by Enrique Cerezo and Nickel Odeon , an important production company created by Jose Luis Garci himself and also prints film books and magazines . The motion picture was well directed by José Luis Garci. He is a good writer and filmmaker . He has written scripts for other directors as El crónicon , La mujer es cosa de hombres , No es bueno que el hombre este solo , Una gota de sangre para vivir amando, La noche de los 100 pájaros , Los nuevos Españoles . His film debut was Asignatura pendiente with José Sacristan, Fiorella Faltoyano , following : Solos en la madrugada, Las verdes praderas , Asignatura aprobada , Sesión continua , Crack I , Crack II with Alfredo Landa , and the trilogy written by famous writers , formed by Canción de cuna written by Gregorio Martínez Sierra , El abuelo by Benito Pérez Galdos and La Herida Luminosa written by José Maria Segarra. Garcí greatest hit was the Oscarized Volver a empezar . Nowadays , he is shooting El crack III with Carlos Santos . Rating 7/10 . Better than average . Decent religious drama and well worth watching

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21 March 1997 (Spain) See more »

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Dolby SR


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2.35 : 1
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