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Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Alone in a foreign city, Cassandra must solve a family's darkest, deepest secrets before she can confront her own past.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

Barbara Wilson (based on the novel by), James Myhre (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Cassandra
Marcia Gay Harden ... Frankie
Lili Taylor ... Ben
Juliette Lewis ... April
Courtney Jines ... Delilah
María Barranco ... Carmen (as Maria Barranco)
Christopher Bowen ... Hamilton
Pep Molina Pep Molina ... Paco
Víctor Álvaro Víctor Álvaro ... Juan (as Victor Alvaro)
Steve Itkin Steve Itkin ... Harry (voice)
Sergi Ruiz Sergi Ruiz ... Carmen's Older Son
Glòria Casas Glòria Casas ... Carmen's Daughter (as Gloria Casas)
Aitor Extravizz Aitor Extravizz ... Carmen's Son
Glòria Roig Glòria Roig ... Carmen's Mother (as Gloria Roig)
Alexandra Tugues Alexandra Tugues ... La Grande (as Alejandra Tugues)
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Storyline

Cassandra, a solitary writer in Barcelona (a US ex-pat) gets a call for help from a stranger - a stylish woman named Frankie - who wants Cassandra to find her husband, so he can sign some important papers. Nothing Frankie says is true: the husband turns out to be a woman, the issue isn't legal papers but a child's custody, and even Frankie's most obvious identity, in red cape and red pumps, is a false front. But Cassandra keeps at it, at first to earn her promised fee, and then to help Frankie, then Frankie's ex, then the child. Along the way, this solitary and somewhat disconnected and bewildered writer frees herself to finish a novel and re-establish a broken relationship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Features the spectacular architecture of Antoni Gaudi. See more »

Quotes

Hamilton: [about his date] You know I never would have guessed it.
Cassandra Reilly: Guessed what?
Hamilton: That she was a transexual
[Cassandra chokes on her drink]
Hamilton: Not that I'm judgemental mind you, people are all different - I'm bisexual for instance.
[She chokes again]
Hamilton: Oh I'm sorry, being Irish you must not be used to talking about bisexuals, let alone transvestities.
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Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Surama and Rogerio de Souza
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A REAL GEM OF A MOVIE
5 November 2002 | by flimbuffSee all my reviews

Wonderfully, funny satire of gender bending with only a few slow parts when the screenwriter forgets we don't really need any serious moralizing in this kind of film.

Our plot has Judy Davis, as Cassandra, a sort of almost middle aged, expatriot writer living in Spain trying to finish her novel. She is hired by Frankie, a very sexy deserted wife, to track down her missing daughter because of her bilingual skills.

Things aren't exactly what they seem and we find that Frankie is actually the transsexual father of the missing child who is now living with her natural mother Ben, a lesbian, who is engaged in a 'menage a trois' with her bisexual lover Hamilton and 'their lover' April, wonderfully played by Juliette Lewis.

The confusion makes for some very funny lines that are so well played that the situation seems almost natural. The screenwriter goes somewhat adrift later on with some totally unnecessary reflections by Cassandra, who apparently has sexual identity problems of her own, but the film as a whole is just wonderfully refreshing when compared to most of today's "statement" films. Good soundtrack too.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Gaudi Afternoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,838, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$5,858

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,115
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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