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Obaba (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 September 2005 (Spain)
A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.

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Montxo Armendáriz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar López de Ayala ... Maestra
Juan Diego Botto ... Miguel
Bárbara Lennie ... Lourdes
Eduard Fernández ... Lucas
Peter Lohmeyer ... Ingeniero Werfell
Héctor Colomé ... Ismael
Pepa López Pepa López ... Merche
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Tomás
Iñake Irastorza Iñake Irastorza ... Begoña
Ryan Cameron Ryan Cameron ... Esteban niño
Christian Tardío Christian Tardío ... Manuel
Alejandro Jiménez Alejandro Jiménez ... Ismael niño
Julia Torrens Julia Torrens ... Begoña niña
Vanesa Moñino Vanesa Moñino ... Merche Niña
Pablo Manjón Pablo Manjón ... Tomás niño
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A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.

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Germany | Spain | France | Belgium

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Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Обаба See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Addio del Passato
By Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
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Basque Basilisks
2 April 2006 | by fnorfulSee all my reviews

This set of several stories is well conveyed by use of flashbacks. Lourdes' pursuit of the villagers' stories for her film project sets up several different story lines with no small amount of intersection in this remote mountain village.

But there are no real surprises in these stories in that the use of "magical realism" is used inconsistently. Some stories are resolved logically and others remain unresolved by rational explanations. The film suffers a little in not making up its mind about whether to be magical or not.

It's still a good movie but not a great one. I think it would be worth picking up Axtaga's Obabakoak collection to get a fuller view of this (potentially) mysterious place.


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