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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 »

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

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Cast

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 ... Ricardo
Helen Thomson ... Wendy
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
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

20 September 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espanhola See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Wild Strawberries See more »
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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

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The Wasteland
5 October 2001 | by rimsey-2See all my reviews

This is such a bleak and plotless film that unless you are looking for a reason to slit your wrists its probably best avoided. Through a series of brief vignettes in a surreal Australian landscape we are acquainted with Lola and her unfortunate daughter Alice both of whom are destined to be forever betrayed not only by the people they encounter but also by each other. The unrelenting grimness is even reflected in their sexual encounters with a succession of squalid and unsatisfying relationships.

I tried very hard to fall asleep during this movie so that the time would pass more quickly but failed miserably and had to endure it to the end.


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