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La novia (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 August 2016 (USA)
A tragic tale of unappeased desires and forbidden yearnings, conflicted choices, deception and the unavoidable fate of three lovers standing powerless before the true nature of man.

Director:

Paula Ortiz

Writers:

Javier García Arredondo (screenplay by), Federico García Lorca (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Inma Cuesta ... Novia
Álex García ... Leonardo
Asier Etxeandia ... Novio
Luisa Gavasa ... Madre
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ... Padre
Leticia Dolera ... Mujer de Leonardo
Consuelo Trujillo ... Criada
Ana Fernández ... Vecina
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Mendiga
Manuela Vellés ... Muchacha 1
Verónika Moral Verónika Moral ... Muchacha 2
Laura Contreras Laura Contreras ... Muchacha 3
Mariana Cordero ... Suegra
Mariano Anós Mariano Anós ... Primo del Mar 1
David Moreau David Moreau ... Primo del Mar 2
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Storyline

Based on "Bodas de sangre" by Federico García Lorca, tells the story of a love triangle between two men and a woman. Two lovers carried away by their passion defying all moral and social rules even challenging their own judgment. The same day of her wedding, the bride and her lover escape on horseback to live their love. Their disobedience will have devastating consequences. Written by Anonymous

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The Bride is a Triumph of Beauty! See more »

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ara See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadoccia, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

€1,187,147 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€91,655 (Spain), 11 December 2015, Limited Release
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Director Ortiz cares immensely about the artistry of the shots and takes, that's why the cast usually had to act through adverse or unpleasant environment conditions. For example, the scene when the bride sings "la Tarara" was filmed in the middle of the desert of Los Monegros at 5 a.m. Actors also had to deal with strong wind (cierzo), blinding light or mosquitoes, or even against the clock filming when the scenes happened at sunset. See more »

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The groom chases the unfaithful bride on a BMW R25/2, formerly seen in the film with a sidecar. When he arrives, he rides an unidentified motorcycle (could it be a BSA?) which stalls. See more »

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La novia: It's like I have drunk a bottle of anise and I am sleeping on a bed of roses.
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Los cuatro muleros
Written by Federico García Lorca
Performed by Inma Cuesta
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Not exactly enjoyable.
22 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Bride" is a film version by Paula Ortiz of the classic Federico Garcia Lorca tragic play "Blood Wedding". However, unlike the original play, the order of the story had been changed significantly and begins at the end of the story. Because of this, the audience is both confused and knows that some sort of murderous event has taken place. I found it helpful to read through a synopsis of the play before watching the movie.

The Bride (she is given no other name) is going to marry the Groom (he also has no other name). However, Death (disguised as a poor beggar woman) has come to the Bride and begs her not to marry unless she is truly in love with the Groom. Apparently, she is not, as she has fallen for a married man named Leonardo. But, despite this, she marries. However, during the wedding party that follows, she and Leonardo run away together, leading, naturally, to disaster.

The synopsis is simple…the film is not. As I already said, the order of the story has been mixed up in Javier García Arredondo's screenplay. This decision makes this a much artsier sort of picture…though also one that is difficult at times to follow. Additionally, the picture is full of the Bride staring into space, long extended takes and slow motion cinematography. The acting is very, very slow and deliberate as well and makes the film somewhat poetic. Some may like this…as for me, I would have preferred a more direct telling of the Garcia Lorca play—especially since it, too, has a lot of symbolism. Additionally, knowing that bloodshed is coming at the very beginning of the story seems to take away from the suspense of the tale. Overall, this is a nice looking but confusing and not altogether enjoyable film. If you want a Spanish language tale of fated romance and death, I suggest you instead try the Oscar-nominated picture "The Crime of Father Amaro" ("El Crimen del Padre Amaro"). I don't love that story either, but it is less confusing and enjoyable…if a story about death and romance can be enjoyable.


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