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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:

James Myhre, Barbara Wilson (novel)

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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 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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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

As Tardes de Gaudi See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Bésame mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
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Hilarious farce/ screwball comedy with great turns by Judi Davis and Marcia Gay Harden
26 January 2004 | by HereInVASee all my reviews

Judi Davis is wonderful in this film as she is in all of her movies. I saw this on ShowTime and it had 3 stars, but I would have watched it just to see Judi Davis. I have never seen Judi Davis in a comedy before, but to see this rather intense woman react when she is thrown into a mix of crazy people is wonderful.

I WAS turned off by the description in the movie guide: a woman searches for her crossdressing husband -- yet another transvestite. But this script throws a curve in the form of Marcia Gay Harden whom I had never seen in a film before. I won't tell you just WHO this distressed wife in search of a renegade husband really is, but Harden is hysterical.

To analyze this farce would destroy the the magical journey it takes you on. All the actors are just great and all are playing against type.

I have seen about 20 movies in the past month, and this one stands in a class of its own.

I give it a ten for making me laugh, and a ten for a crazy cast of characters.


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