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Las ratas (1997)

In the mid-fifties, El Nini lives in the poorest and most forgotten rural Castile (Spain). He is a child with no more knowledge than those provided by nature. El Nini lives with his father ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
José Caride José Caride ... El Ratero
Álvaro Monje ... El Nini
Francisco Algora ... Antoliano
Concha Gómez Conde Concha Gómez Conde ... Señora Clo
Paloma Paso Jardiel Paloma Paso Jardiel ... Columba
Juan Jesús Valverde Juan Jesús Valverde ... Justo
Esperanza Alonso Esperanza Alonso ... Simeona
José Conde ... Luis
Luis Perezagua Luis Perezagua ... José Luis (as Luis Pérezagua)
Joaquín Hinojosa ... Cazador Furtivo
Susi Sánchez ... Doña Resu
Jorge Merino Jorge Merino ... Malvino
Lucas Rodríguez Lucas Rodríguez ... Don Ciro, Sacerdote
Ángel Terrón Ángel Terrón ... Centenario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulino Antón Castrillo Paulino Antón Castrillo ... El Mudo
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In the mid-fifties, El Nini lives in the poorest and most forgotten rural Castile (Spain). He is a child with no more knowledge than those provided by nature. El Nini lives with his father in a cave, and with him he devotes himself to the hunting of water rats, the only means of subsistence they know. But when they are tried to deprive them of their roof and their livelihood, violence will erupt uncontrollably. Written by jsanchez

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Downbeat and bitter film about rural world at a Castilian village , including strong scenes
27 April 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Depressing movie and tough seeing drama about life at a Castilian village in the fifties . It is set in 1956 , at a country cave lives El Ratero : Jose Caride and his child named El Nini : Alvaro Monje . They dedicate to chase water rats to survive for their hunger . While the Mayor pressed by the governor attempts to evict them from the cave where they live due to their bad image before the modern society . Things go wrong when some hunters : Joaquin Hinojosa , Jose Conde, try to kill the wáter rats.

This is a passable but downbeat film , but in difficult vision , and realized in ¨Mario Camus' Los santos Inocentes¨ style also written by Miguel Delibes . There is a sour critique to rural life during Francisco Franco time in the 50s . It is a thought-provoking and lyrical drama with interesting character studio of a few roles . It is an acceptable and touching film , but strong , including hard scenes as the pig slaughter and other disturbing as well as violent scenes . It results in a strange blending between fiction and documentary , regarding a hardship existence at a starking region and the difficulties to survival .The main and unknown cast gives a decent acting , in spite of no being professional actors , giving an excessively theatrical performance . Support cast is pretty well , such as : Susi Sanchez , Paco Algora , Jose Conde and Joaquin Hinojosa . It was written by Miguel Delibes , he was editor chief in Norte De Castilla newspapers , where he attempted to publicize news about rural life but it was prohibited by the Francoist censorship, then he wrote the novel Las Ratas , one of the strongest books .

Being well photographed by Teo Escamilla , producer too, he is considered to be one of the best Spanish cameramen . Shot on location in Carrion de los Condes , Valdecabañas de Cerrato , Palencia and other villages of Valladolid province from the Castilian Comunidad Autónoma. The motion picture was uneven but professionally directed by Antonio Giménez Rico . Antonio is good craftsman who has written and directed several films from the sixties. He is a fine filmmaker of great quality . He was born in Burgos , Castilla y Leon ,where he often shoots his pictures . His film debut was Mañana de domingo 1966 , following El hueso 1967 , El Crónicon 1970 , Al fin solos 1977 , Del amor y la muerte 1977 and a documentary about travestism titled Vestido de azul. This nice director being specially known for Jarrapellejos 1988, Tres palabras 1993 with Maribel Verdu , and Hotel Danubio 2oo3 a remake to classy Los Peces Rojos . His speciality results to be adaptations based on the prestigious novelist Miguel Delibes as Retrato de Familia 1976 based on Novel titled Mi idolatrado hijo Sisi , The vote of Míster Cayo based on the homonymous novel and The Rats . He also directed various episodes of notorious TV series as Plinio, Crónicas de un pueblo , La máscara negra and Página de sucesos . Rating 6/10 . Acceptable and passable . The picture will appeal to Spanish cinema aficionados .

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