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Abracadabra (2017)

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A housewife struggles with her husband after he is possessed by a ghost.

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Pablo Berger

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Pablo Berger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maribel Verdú ... Carmen
Antonio de la Torre ... Carlos
Priscilla Delgado ... Toñi
Javier Antón ... Fernando (Novio)
Bea de la Cruz Bea de la Cruz ... Isabel (Novia)
Rocío Calvo Rocío Calvo ... Encarna
José Mota ... Pepe
Nacho Marraco Nacho Marraco ... Cura
Paco Churruca Paco Churruca ... Fotógrafo
Victoria Sáez Victoria Sáez ... Ratera Súper
Fabia Castro Fabia Castro ... Chica Hostal Tutankamon
Mario Alonso ... Chico Hostal Tutankamon
Josep Maria Pou ... Dr. Fumetti (as José María Pou)
Malena Gutiérrez ... Rosario
Janfri Topera Janfri Topera ... Rogelio
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Carmen is a housewife from Madrid mother of teen Toñi and married with the macho man and obsessed with soccer Carlos, which her daily life complicating due to the abusive character of Carlos. During the party after a wedding of Carmen's nephew, her cousin Pepe decides prove his abilities as showman with a hypnosis session. After Carlos mocks Pepe in front of all invited, a ghost possesses Carlos, suffering strange and radical changes of attitudes and behaviors. Meeting with Pepe, Carmen looking for answers to discover what's happening. Helped by Prof. Fumetti, Pepe's mentor, Carmen realizes that Carlos is possessed by the spirit of Tito, a schizophrenic young man who in early 80's killed his own mother and a several assistants to a wedding party before commit suicide in the same restaurant where he worked and where Carmen's nephew celebrated his party. With time running out, Carmen and Pepe try to exorcise the evil spirit before Carlos be totally annulled by Tito, at the same time ... Written by Chockys

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Rated R for violent bloody images, language and sexual references | See all certifications »
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Air on the G String
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Entertaining but absurd comedy filled with fantasy , grisly killings , thrills and black humor
10 December 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A well told story , being perfectly set with a very good cast providing fine interpretations . As Carmen (Maribel Verdú) is a housewife from Madrid , mother of a rebel adolescent called Toñi (Priscilla Delgado) and married to the abusive macho man and obsessed with football Carlos (Antonio De La Torre) , which her daily life complicating due to the angry and violent character of Carlos . During the busy celebration after a wedding celebration of Carmen's nephew , her cousin Pepe (José Mota) shows his skills as a showman , but things go awry . After Carlos mocks Pepe in front of all invited people , a ghost possesses Carlos . Shortly after , Carmen looking for answers to sort out what's happening . Helped by a dentist called Fumetti (José Maria Pou) , Pepe's mentor , Carmen realizes that Carlos is possessed by the spirit of Tito (Quim Gutierrez) , a waiter who committed killings at a party before commit suicide himself at the same restaurant where he worked and where Carmen's nephew celebrated his wedding party . With time running out , Carmen and Pepe attempt to exorcise the evil spirit before Carlos be totally annulled by Tito , at the same time that the own Carlos begins to suffer the consequences to be under the influence of a schizophrenic ghost .

A disconcerting script with comedy , drama and fine players as Maribel Verdú as Carmen , Antonio de la Torre as Carlos and José Mota as Pepe . This entertaining and interesting Dramedy contains crazy events , amusement and surrealist as well as embarrassing situations . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylish set pieces , including various nostalgic moments , paying tribute to music of the Seventies and Eighties . It is a crazy Spanish comedy with touches of drama that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some fun and hilarious moments . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty , weird and gory situations , such as violent murders , adultery , jealousy , and funny mayhem . It partially sets the tone of the times in the seventies and eighties , including some flashbacks , in fact , this film belongs to a nostalgic sub-genre regarding past times . Behind this title hides a story based on fantastic events, with its director Pablo Berger makes a special tribute to music and happenings from ancient decades . But not only accomplishes that , the picture shows that there are many ways to do comedy without falling into vulgarity . It is an acceptable production plenty of ridiculous and strange situation , but it is saved by an intelligent as well as unpretentious script with several very funny scenes . All this is achieved by comedians like Antonio De La Torre and Maribel Verdú , they are the perfect combination to get laughs and tears , at the same time . As Maribel Verdú gives a nice acting as the housewife who struggles with her husband after he is possessed by a ghost , and Antonio De La Torre is nice as the unfortunate hubby suffering strange and radical changes of attitudes and behaviors . And José Mota as Pepe , the strange cousin who decides prove his abilities as a showman by means of a hypnosis session. The yarn provides a passel of brief or cameo appearances , such as : Quim Gutierrez as a schizophrenic young man who in early 80's killed his own mother and a number of assistants to a noisy wedding , Eduardo Soto as the recently deceased Camilo Sesto , Julián Villagrán , Ramón Barea , Saturnino Garcia , Janfri Topera , Javivi and special appearance by José Maria Pou as an insane dentist and fake magician .

It displays an evocative cinematography by Kiko De La Rica , one of the best Spanish cameramen who has photographed great movies as ¨Lucia Y el Sexo¨, ¨El Calentito¨ , ¨Witching¨ , "A Sad Trumpet Ballad" , ¨The Oxford crimes¨ , ¨Snow White¨ , among others . Being shot on location in Parla, Madrid, Pamplona, Navarra, and Torrejón de la Calzada, Madrid . Lively as well as adequate musical score by Alfonso De Villalonga , plenty of wonderfully traditional songs of the Seventies , Eighties and forward , such as : El baile del gorila written by José Antonio Benítez Serrano performed by Melody , the classical Tubular Bells written by Mike Oldfield , El baile de los pajaritos written by Werner Thomas and Terry Rendall performed by María Jesús , El día que yo me case, and Algo de mí written by Camilo Sesto performed by Edu Soto . As well as vintage musical score, such as : Air on the G String , written by Johann Sebastian Bach and Also Spratch Zarathustra - Sunrise Fanfare written by Richard Strauss . The motion picture was well produced and compellingly directed by Pablo Berger , a pretty good Spanish movies director . Here Berger delivers a very worthy work in which he demonstrates how with simple jobs can make a decent film . The flick delivered a successful result and achieved various Goya Nominations as Best Lead Actress : Maribel Verdú , Best Lead Actor : Antonio de la Torre , Best Supporting Actor : José Mota , Best Original Screenplay : Pablo Berger , Best Editing : David Gallart , Best Production Design : Alain Bainée , Best Costume Design : Paco Delgado , Best Makeup and Hairstyles : Sylvie Imbert , Paco Rodríguez . And Yoga Awards 2018 , as Yoga Award Worst Spanish Actor, José Mota . Director Pablo Berger developed the project for some years before being able to shoot it . Pablo is a well recognized filmmaker both nationally and internationally , and in proof of it he won many prizes in several Cinema Festivals , as this his feature debut ¨Torremolinos 73¨ , as well as the excellent ¨Snow White¨ or ¨Blancanieves¨ . Rating : 6.5/10 . Acceptable and passable , essential and indispensable watching for Spanish cinema fans .


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Spain | France | Belgium

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abracadabra See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

EUR5,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,942, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:

$13,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,114,260
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