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El portero (2000)

Ramiro Forteza, a goalkeeper in the Spanish Premier League, is forced by the rigors of the Civil War and the postwar period to earn a living in small villages, challenging the locals to ... See full summary »

Director:

Gonzalo Suárez

Writers:

Manuel Hidalgo (story "El Portero"), Gonzalo Suárez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ... Forteza
Maribel Verdú ... Manuela
Antonio Resines ... Sargento Andrade
Roberto Álvarez ... Don Constantino
Eduard Fernández ... Nardo
Elvira Mínguez ... Úrsula
Abel Vitón Abel Vitón ... Doctor
Andoni Gracia ... Emilio
Julio Vélez Julio Vélez ... López
Adrián Ramírez Adrián Ramírez ... Tito
Mario Martín Mario Martín ... Lisardo
Felipe García Vélez ... Concojo (as Felipe Vélez)
Carolina Bona ... Felisa
Alex O'Dogherty ... Orozco
José Alias José Alias ... Buhonero
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Storyline

Ramiro Forteza, a goalkeeper in the Spanish Premier League, is forced by the rigors of the Civil War and the postwar period to earn a living in small villages, challenging the locals to score him a penalty. One night, he arrives in an Asturian village and meets Manuela, a young widow with a son, who survives by sewing for Úrsula, the wife of Andrade, the sergeant of the Civil Guard. But the exhibitions of Forteza and his relationship with Manuela attract the attention of Andrade, who will make a proposal related to the resistance movement that will involve the goalkeeper in the conflict. Written by jsanchez

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality
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Official Sites:

Lolafilms (distributor)

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A kapus See more »

Filming Locations:

Asturias, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Ambiente de noche
Written by Cristóbal Cuervera, César Benítez and Enrique Castillo
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In the splendid scenery of Asturias
14 February 2003 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

Gonzalo Suárez has only really stood out in his superb TV adaptation of "Los Pazos de Ulloa" based on the novel by Emilia Pardo Bazán, and going by what other light fare he has produced to date, I did not expect much from "El Portero".

Which is what I got.

I cannot help thinking that if you get a bit stuck with the same old faces over and over again, your credibility wanes, to such a degree that you begin to question casting criteria. Carmelo Gómez seemed off key, and Antonio Resines has made a few films - not many - which are worth remembering, but above all seems to go in for more trivial matters. Together with Maribel Verdú and Elvira Mínguez - probably the best in this film - the cast would suggest being something like being called attractive. However, something failed to click; maybe because the film was on too late at night; maybe I have already seen too many films harking back to the Franco era.......

A supposedly famous goalkeeper from Madrid whose claim to fame stems from having stopped nine successive penalty kicks in league matches, turns up in the middle of beautiful post civil war Asturias, and gets entangled with the "maquis".

The "maquis" were groups of men, with a few women, who took to the mountains after the civil war, dedicating their time to blowing up or sabotaging anything which would upset the Franco régime. These groups mostly operated in Asturias, but also in Euskadi (Basque Country), Navarra, Cantabria (Santander) and a few in Galicia. To get an idea of their operations you might like to read Hemingway's novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" set in the "sierras" north of Madrid, and also turned into a film. A few isolated "maquis" were still operating well into the 1960s. They lived on what they could hunt, what local people gave them, or what they stole.

The story being enacted just did not appeal to me very much and I could not suppress several yawns amid yearnings to tuck myself into bed just as soon as possible.

Magnificent photography in the splendour of Asturias, which alone made it worth while keeping with the film to the end credits.


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