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Oviedo Express (2007)

We are in 1885. In a ghostly train, the Oviedo Express, the actors that represent the theatrical adaptation of Clarín's 'The Regent' are traveling. The arrival of the comedians to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gonzalo Suárez

Writers:

Gonzalo Suárez (screenplay), Stefan Zweig (story "Angst")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ... Benjamín Olmo
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Mariola Mayo
Bárbara Goenaga ... Emma
Maribel Verdú ... Mina
Alberto Jiménez ... Ernesto de Villamarín
Najwa Nimri ... Bárbara
Jorge Sanz ... Álvaro Mesía
Víctor Clavijo ... Leopoldo
Rulo Pardo Rulo Pardo ... Pirindolo
Abel Vitón Abel Vitón ... Víctor
Silvia Marty ... Petra
Tino Díaz Tino Díaz ... Ángel
Eliana Álvarez Eliana Álvarez ... Periodista 1
Natalia Díaz Natalia Díaz ... Periodista 2
Isabel Fraga Isabel Fraga ... Periodista 3
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Storyline

We are in 1885. In a ghostly train, the Oviedo Express, the actors that represent the theatrical adaptation of Clarín's 'The Regent' are traveling. The arrival of the comedians to the Asturian capital will alter the daily life of the city. The mayor's wife will fall into the arms of the main actor, and the passions and delusions will surface with all its consequences. A depressed actor, a furious actress, a petulant director, a local journalist, a spirited mother, and an angel roaming the city unleash fun and dramatic events until the abrupt and unexpected fall of the curtain. Written by jsanchez

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 2007 (Spain) See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie revolves around an adaptation of La Regenta. Carmelo Gómez and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón previously played the same characters from La Regenta on the 1995 miniseries. Gonzalo Suárez also adapted to the cinema Alas Clarín's play on 1974. See more »

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Version of La peur (1936) See more »

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9 November 2007 | by CarlosSee all my reviews

Gonzalo Suárez is one of the most unique directors we have in Spain, capable of rare and fascinating pieces of work like "Rowing in the wind" (Remando al viento) or "The detective and the death" (El detective en la muerte), but this, his last work, is something that cannot be saved. The actors are great trying to catch some humanity of their characters (above them all, Jorge Sanz) but this is a weird and failed mix of literate dialogues and screwball comedy with no wit and no rhythm. It's like Suárez tries to justify this failure disguising it as a high comedy full of literate references, but this doesn't work, again, at all, though it didn't in other of his works.

What annoys me is how critics in Spain are behaving with this movie. Its premiere was at the Valladolid film festival (a grade-B festival which mostly brings the most awarded films from others, but which is quite comfortable and takes place in a beautiful city), and there only a few applauded (i got out of the movie past 30 minutes, this is something the people I went with told me). But, as it happened years ago with the terrible "Las razones de mis amigos", all the press lauded the movie in an unbelievable manner, and that is what is happening now. And this is, frankly, a fraud.

Watch the movie if you want to. But always keep your criteria to talk about it.


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