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Yerma (1998)

Yerma wants a child but with her dispassionate husband have failed to conceive. On the other hand , Victor courts her but the sense of caste and honor prevent from surrendering to him.

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Pilar Távora
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Yerma
Juan Diego ... Juan
Irene Papas ... Vieja pagana
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Vieja pagana (voice)
Mercedes Sanz-Bernal Mercedes Sanz-Bernal ... María (as Mercedes Bernal)
Jesús Cabrero Jesús Cabrero ... Víctor
María Galiana ... Dolores
Reyes Ruiz Reyes Ruiz ... Hija Dolores
Milagrosa Lozano Milagrosa Lozano ... Cuñada
Ana Aguilar Ana Aguilar ... Cuñada
Carmen Troncoso Carmen Troncoso ... Vecina
Gloria de Jesús Gloria de Jesús ... Vecina
Isabel Óscar Isabel Óscar ... Vecina
Rosario Pardo Rosario Pardo ... Lavandera
Ana Fernández ... Lavandera
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Yerma wants a child but with her dispassionate husband have failed to conceive. On the other hand , Victor courts her but the sense of caste and honor prevent from surrendering to him.

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26 February 1999 (Spain) See more »

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$1,670,000 (estimated)
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A valiant attempt
18 March 2001 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

Any intention of weighing up the worth of any interpretation of the complicated personality of Federico García Lorca's YERMA obliges anyone with a long enough memory to go back to the 70s, when the brilliant actress Nuria Espert was touring the theatres of Spain with her unforgettable performance. Everything else since then inevitably becomes tangled up in comparisons.

Pilar Távora had no intention of imitating anything previously done by anybody; she is an expert, I think we can say that, on Andalucían culture in general, and the flamenco world in particular. Whether Aitana Sánchez-Gijón was the ideal choice remains very debatable; there was something that did not quite ring true in her portrayal of Yerma, an extremely intense rôle torn by her frustrated acceptance of what life has organized for her and her impossible love for another man. The violent passions which could only come out of an Andalucían soul seem to have been, perhaps, just beyond her reach. Juan Diego ("el señorito" in "Los Santos Inocentes", 1984) played well his part of Yerma's husband, stoically bearing up as well as he could, especially under the difficult threat of having to use an accent from the deep south, the province of Huelva. María Galiana only had to be her unrepeatable self: her theatre experience may well have helped out in the making of the film.

Acacio de Almeida's photography was pretty good, ably helped by Vicente Sanchez's music setting, which sounded just a little plagiaristic at times.

I give Pilar Távora's courageous attempt six out of ten, and that might just be a little generous.

WARNING: the Spanish language used is highly regionalistic and may prove rather difficult for students of the language, not helped by some microphone failures in softly spoken lines.


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