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Piedras (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 February 2002 (Spain)
"In life, we first organize large stones (Piedras) such as love, friendship, family, and a career." In this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small ... See full summary »

Director:

Ramón Salazar

Writer:

Ramón Salazar (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonia San Juan ... Adela
Najwa Nimri ... Leire
Vicky Peña ... Maricarmen
Ángela Molina ... Isabel
Mónica Cervera ... Anita
Enrique Alcides ... Joaquín
Lola Dueñas ... Daniela
María Casal María Casal ... Martina
Daniele Liotti ... Kun
Rodolfo De Souza Rodolfo De Souza ... Leonardo
Nacho Duato Nacho Duato ... Podólogo
Andrés Gertrúdix ... Javier
Santiago Crespo Santiago Crespo ... Víctor
Manuel de Blas ... Empresario
Geli Albaladejo Geli Albaladejo ... Araceli
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Storyline

"In life, we first organize large stones (Piedras) such as love, friendship, family, and a career." In this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small necessities. If you act in an inverse way, you will not have the room for larger stones. The five protagonists of my film are women who have not been able to organize the large "stones" in their lives. Ramón Salazar, Spanish director defines his first feature Stones in this way. The film tells the parallel, conflicting trajectory of five women: Anita, Isabel, Adela, Leire, and Maricarmen. All are endeavoring to remove the stones that insistently appear in their path or, worst, that are in their shoes. They are five Cinderellas in search of prince charming and a new chance in life. Written by Gonz30

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo las piernas See more »

Filming Locations:

Almada, Almada, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In the second scene at the chiropodist, a cameraman can be seen reflected in the glass window. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2004 UK Cinema Club DVD was cut by 19 secs to remove shots of a dog being swung from a balcony by its lead. The cuts were waived for the 2010 Arrow release. See more »

Connections

Features A Christmas Carol (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane…
29 February 2008 | by christian94See all my reviews

The movie begins a with mentally-challenged girl with bright yellow sneakers looking skyward on a Madrid street corner and being spellbound by a passing plane. The movie examines the life of five women—Adela, Leire, Maricarmen, Anita & Isabel—who have completely different lives and choices of shoes. Their shoes is the first superficial, yet affixed with some glancing meaning, clue we get at their fragile identities. In a theatrically embroidered and embellished way, a podiatrist tries to esoterically reveal the deepest secrets of a woman's souls by the sole of her feet. The premise is risky and slightly contrived, but the tone and depth of the movie takes a daring plunge for the good.

What may have been light-hearted and superficial, quickly switches gear with the a superb dysfunctional couple scene that leaves the viewer riveted for minutes, seeing the love or lack thereof, the pain, the confusion, the hope, the needs and escape mechanisms develop through minutes different rooms of the house and down to the street and eventually below... What a scene (!) , but there will be others as effective to follow and strengthen the strong characterization and directing displayed in this slice of life affair.

Moving along, a woman has lost the husband she loved and inherited his kids and his taxi, while another has completely lost her husband emotionally, sexually, intellectually, but not physically. A ghost, a pending divorce… reproach, regret & remorse. A new love? Can you love a mirage? Can you love the person in the mirror? Can you love someone you can't love? Or think you can't love? Can you love and live life even though it will always be somewhat hopeless? Yet isn't it exactly these hopes and dreams that keep us here grounded and in a spectrum of relative happiness? A lot of deep themes emerge and the final act brings people and ideas together to coalesce in an existential crisis with no clear cut solution, definitive decision or effective healing. Maybe a elusive thought, a fleeting feeling, but a lasting appreciation of life and of the artistry and intellect of the film. Live. Live again. Rewind the reel. Unveil the real, the important; the big stones (piedras) of life. The rest is just details.


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