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La spagnola (2001)

Lola, a hot-blooded Spaniard, is deserted by her husband for a cool and calculating Aussie blonde. Lola is pregnant again but she and their daughter Lucia are left to starve while Ricardo ... See full summary »


Steve Jacobs
4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Marceli ... Lola
Alice Ansara Alice Ansara ... Lucia
Lourdes Bartolomé Lourdes Bartolomé ... Manola
Silvio Ofria Silvio Ofria ... Bruno
Simon Palomares Simon Palomares ... Ricardo
Helen Thomson ... Wendy
Gabriella Maselli Gabriella Maselli ... Maria
Alex Dimitriades ... Stefano
Armida Croccola Armida Croccola ... Maria's Mother
Steve Rodgers ... Teacher
Tony Barry ... Dr. Knuckey
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ... Polish Patient
Nino La Giudice Nino La Giudice ... Renato
John Barresi John Barresi ... Antonio
Nico Gazzana Nico Gazzana ... Italian patient


Lola, a hot-blooded Spaniard, is deserted by her husband for a cool and calculating Aussie blonde. Lola is pregnant again but she and their daughter Lucia are left to starve while Ricardo spends all their savings on a sleek new set of wheels for his mistress. When he dies unexpectedly the family fortune, one flash car, remains with the mistress. Despite all his betrayals, Lucia sides with her father. Desperate and destitute in a country she doesn't like or understand, Lola's quest for revenge begins. Caught in the tempests of begrudging love, revenge, sibling rivalry, jealousy and passion, fourteen year old Lucia must find the strength to survive on her own terms. Aided to break free of her mother by her eccentric Aunt Manolo she struggles to find her own identity and her own quest for justice puts her on a collision course with her mother. Written by Biff

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Lust under the hot Aussie Sun.


Comedy | Drama


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Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

20 September 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espanhola See more »


Box Office


AUD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wild Strawberries See more »
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Technical Specs



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Did You Know?


Official submission of Australia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more »


Manola uses plastic cling film to wrap a cucumber as she prepares the meal. However, cling film was not introduced into Australia until 1966 by GLAD and the film is set in 1960. See more »


Referenced in La Spagnola: Behind the Scenes (2002) See more »

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Delightful Comedic Enchanting film about life, dark and light
5 April 2004 | by gettn2old4thishtSee all my reviews

What was up the previous reviewers butt, I dont know? Pure hate if you ask me. I mean, how could anyone destroy such a delightful and interestingly shot film so thoroughly as to make this reader doubt it was the same film at all?

This film was refreshing, happy, sad, completely entertaining if you want to see things done freshly with a camera and acting that takes you away into the movie itself. Reaching deep emotions quickly and coming up for air just as fast for the next scene, many times throughout, this cast held me in awe.

I reccomend this film to anyone who simply enjoys film. Period.

And if youre from some difficult childhood issues, you might even relate to the subject matter.

Oh, and take any uncomfortable objects out of your bum before viewing, please, or you'll end up sounding like that other reviewer, no matter the film.

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