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Chaotic Ana (2007)

Caótica Ana (original title)
A countdown, 10, 9, 8, 7... until 0, like in hypnosis, through which Ana proves that she does not live alone.


Julio Medem


Julio Medem
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuela Vellés ... Ana
Charlotte Rampling ... Justine
Bebe ... Linda (as Bebe Rebolledo)
Nicolas Cazalé ... Said
Asier Newman ... Anglo
Matthias Habich ... Klaus
Lluís Homar ... Ismael
Gerrit Graham ... Míster Halcón
Raúl Peña Raúl Peña ... Lucas
Giacomo Gonnella Giacomo Gonnella ... Guardaespaldas
Leslie Charles Leslie Charles ... Jovoskaya
Juanma Lara Juanma Lara ... Dueño
Diego Molero Diego Molero ... Adiestrador
Angel Facio Angel Facio ... San Juan (as Ángel Faccio)
Antonio Vega Antonio Vega ... Himself


The teenager artist Ana is raised in Ibiza by her German father Klaus in a naturalist lifestyle in a cave. One day, she meets a woman called Justine that invites Ana to move to Madrid, offering education and economical support, to live in an old house with other artists having classes of Arts and with the only commitment of studying. Ana befriends her mate Linda (Bebe) and falls in love for the problematic Said, having her first sexual experience with him. After a period together, Said leaves Ana, and then she is hypnotized by Anglo, discovering her past lives and deaths. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


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€9,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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María Valverde was long time attached to the leading role of this film, but some differences arose between her and director Julio Medem, and she left the project. This is a matter the actress has refused to comment on in several interviews. See more »


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Tiempo y silencio
Performed by Cesária Évora and Pedro Guerra
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A cavewall that always opens doors
26 September 2015 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

If you don't know Medem - and it seems the history of film has largely bypassed him, much like Raoul Ruiz - he's magical, with stories about stories sliding into memory and yearning. Love is his theme. His camera paints with music. Fiery duende. He's a more deeply felt Ruiz in this way. He had made two more successful films leading up to this that you should absolutely see, then come to this.

It starts in a slightly clumsy way with a father and daughter living remotely in an island, then schematic in an artistic commune where she goes, but soon you see what he's capable of. From about when she meets the Berber boy until she arrives at New York he soars. This part incidentally mirrors his previous two.

It starts with the scene of their meeting in painting class; her painting clearly a sparrow in a corner of her painting that he painted elusively as just shape in his, his texture of the painting as primal as the desert he comes from, the inexplicable urge that takes over her, you can see Medem soar here. The whole is about tumultuous urges in the soul that rush to the surface, carrying with them memory, image, contact, consciousness of something larger. It is about having known him in a cosmic way, before this specific affair started, as having always suffered for him, this is how deeply Medem portrays.

And it always starts again from the middle, with him always already gone from her. Medem employed a similar device in Lucia. It's halfway in that we get this, the cinematic device that gives the story its specific shape of sliding visions. She's being hypnotized to remember. The thing to glean is that she's the one swimming into urges that heave around her, has been since the very first scene. We get the searching for him (he has mysteriously vanished) as searching across different lives, dying innumerable deaths. Selves within selves.

This has always been Medem's force; the ability to take love, make love so deep, it becomes what this life has always been about since the very start, meeting this person. Before and after blend. Urge rushes out both ways from a center in the middle. No one does deep love better, not even Malick.

But then something happens and it slips from him. You'll note quite clearly - we shift from this affair, from love shuffled by chance time, to broader elegy of womanhood. Fiery, quietly enduring the ills of mankind. Man is now more than this Berber boy she met one day, it's a child she had taken from her in the desert, a father who took off on a boat, an Indian chieftain who slayed her. That was also the time of the Iraq war so we get an angry vignette against the warmongers.

But now every new allusion jars, falls apart. It takes breath of life out and puts symbolic motif in - the woman as goddess and as mother of humanity. It does away with love we might have known and gives something broader but without anchor.

The film is dedicated to his sister Ana, then recently departed. The set of paintings we see throughout are hers, from an exhibition she was about to stage. It may be that he had already started work on this as one thing (or the story idea pre-existed) and it morphed to something else.

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