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Everybody Knows (2018)

Todos lo saben (original title)
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Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

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Asghar Farhadi

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Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Laura
Javier Bardem ... Paco
Ricardo Darín ... Alejandro
Eduard Fernández ... Fernando
Bárbara Lennie ... Bea
Inma Cuesta ... Ana
Elvira Mínguez ... Mariana
Ramón Barea ... Antonio
Carla Campra ... Irene
Sara Sálamo Sara Sálamo ... Rocío
Roger Casamajor ... Joan
José Ángel Egido ... Jorge
Sergio Castellanos Sergio Castellanos ... Felipe
Iván Chavero ... Diego
Tomás del Estal ... Andres
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Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

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Alguien secuestró a su hija. ¿Quien está detrás? [Someone kidnapped her daughter. Who did it?] (Argentine teaser poster) See more »


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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English | Catalan

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody Knows See more »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,207, 10 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,660,165, 4 April 2019
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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The film is the third collaboration between Farhadi and producer Mallet-Guy after "The Salesman" and "The Past," which Memento Films produced and distributed in France. See more »

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Paco: It's time that gives character, from personality to wine.
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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 10 May 2018 (2018) See more »

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Performed by Nella Rojas (as Nella)
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Great acting from Bardem and (especially) Cruz
13 March 2019 | by bankofmarquisSee all my reviews

I have always liked, but not loved, the English language movies that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have been a part of. Part of the issue, I think, is that even though they are dynamic, charismatica and GOOD LOOKING screen presences that embody the very definitioni of the term "MOVIE STAR", they are working in a language that is not their native language, so something, I think, gets lost in translation. So, it was with some excitement that I checked out the Spanish language thriller EVERYBODY KNOWS (Spanish Title: TODOS LO SOBEN).

And...I wasn't disappointed. Both Bardem and (especially) Cruz shine in this familial thriller. Cruz stars as Laura, a native of Spain now living in Argentina. She (and her 2 children) come back to her small village outside of Madrid for the wedding of her younger sister. When a bad thing happens on this trip, Laura must find a way out while dealing with lingering family matters and pressures that come to the fore due to the stress of the situation.

Without putting too much of a fine point on this, Cruz is stunning. Not only is she a beautiful woman who commands the screen whenever she is on, but as her character becomes more and more physically and emotionally torn with "the situation" her raw emotions come out and you see a very real portrayal of a mother who will do anything for her children. This performance is (was?) Academy Award worthy - it is that good. This is a strong actress at the top of her game.

She is more than matched on screen by the less showey, nuanced - yet fun, at times - performance of her real life husband, Javier Bardem, who plays a person from Lara's past that is drawn into the events. Bardem won an Oscar for playing the mysterious, scary hitman, Anton Chigurh in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MAN. This was a a character who barely spoke. In this film, he plays a lively, extroverted fun-loving person who's whole personae is called into question, quite the contrast to the English language characters I have, heretofore, known him for.

Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi (best known for THE SEPARATION) does a good job driving the story - once it gets started - he is sure handed in handling both the suspense/action moments of this movie as well as the family drama during the "many people talking around a table" scenes. This film led off the Cannes Film Festival last year and was greatly lauded.

It's not a perfect film. My friend who saw the movie with me stated (correctly) that he had never seen a movie that "started so poorly but corrected itself and finished as an excellent film" like this one did. The first 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of this 2 hour and 15 minute film is filled with introducing the myriad of characters associated with this family (and the mystery that enfolds), but it is a scattershot approach to film making and character introduction and Farhadi misses the mark more than he hits the mark during this period.

But once the mystery unfolds - and Cruz and Bardem's characters (and acting) kicks into high gear - things get quite good, quite tense and quite engrossing. Well worth the time to check it out.

Letter Grade B+: (C for the first 45 minutes, A for the last hour and a half)

7 1/2 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank(ofMarquis)


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