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Solas (1999)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1999 (Spain)
While waiting for her husband to recover in a hospital, a mother stays with her estranged daughter, Maria, who fled her parents rural home in Andalusia because she could no longer bear her father's abusiveness and her mother's passivity.

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Benito Zambrano

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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Galiana ... Madre
Ana Fernández ... María
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ... Vecino
Antonio Dechent ... Médico (as Antonio Pérez Dechent)
Paco De Osca Paco De Osca ... Padre (as Paco de Osca)
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Juan
Miguel Alcíbar Miguel Alcíbar ... El Gordo
Pilar Sánchez Pilar Sánchez ... Limpiadora
Concha Galán Concha Galán ... Limpiadora
Paco Tous ... Socio de Juan
Rosario Lara Rosario Lara ... Jefa limpieza
Pepa Faraco Pepa Faraco ... Cajera
Estrella Távora Estrella Távora ... Enfermera
José Manuel Seda ... Vigilante
Magdalena Barbero Magdalena Barbero ... Mujer Enfermo
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Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the fact that her boyfriend has abandoned her does not help matters. When her father goes to the hospital for an operation, her mother comes to stay with her. Her neighbor, an old recluse whose only friend is his dog, begins to come out of his shell and these three lost souls try to give each other the strength to start over. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Woman
Lyrics and music by Neneh Cherry (as Cherry), Jonathan Sharp (as Sharp) and Cameron McVey (as MacVey)
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Thorough the Spanish province - Excellent
26 February 2001 | by silviopelleraniSee all my reviews

Nowadays it is not so easy to find a film that hits directly your heart and sentiments. Benito Zambrano gives an opportunity to recover all those sentiments that are well hidden in your subconscious.

Carmona is a small town too close to Seville to have a real identity and is the frame for a difficult and impossible relationship between a daughter, mother and father. Zambrano shows how difficult is to grow up in this outcast and bit farmer town with the leit-motiv of these three characters that join back together due to the father's illness. The father is marked rude and impolite, used to hit the wife or the daughter to show his total dominance and authority. The wife was totally subjected to this situation and the opportunity to find some understanding and heat with their neighbour is accepted with detachment by her. This side relationship with a lonely man brings back love to this sad and destroyed family. The daughter is even worse, alcoholic and in love with a truck driver who does not care of her pregnancy.

The loneliness of the void with a breach of optimism is well expressed in this simple but very effective and straight film.

Rating: 7/10


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5 March 1999 (Spain) See more »

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Budget:

ESP125,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$277,596

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$277,596
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