Tag Archives: Spain

The Nest / El nido (1980) Jaime de Armiñán, Héctor Alterio, Ana Torrent, Luis Politti, Drama

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In a town near Salamanca, an eccentric widower, aged 60, is captivated by an imp, a precocious 13 year old. Alejandro is wealthy and alone, passing time with music, chess, and his shotgun. Gregoria (Goyita) the daughter of a weak-willed policeman and his bullying wife, is a budding naturalist who conspires to meet Alejandro. Even though he knows the village is talking, Alejandro spends time with Goyita, on walks, horseback rides, and dinners. He’s enchanted and tells his friend the village priest that he’s living for the first time. Goyita makes new demands on Alejandro, and he must decide how to be true to his ethics and to this Platonic yet highly-charged relationship.

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Blindfolded Eyes / Los Ojos Vendados (1978) Carlos Saura, Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis Gómez, Xabier Elorriaga, Art-house, Drama

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While attending an international conference which seeks to reduce the incidence of the use of torture by nations around the globe, a movie director (Jose Luis Gomez) encounters a woman (Geraldine Chaplin) whom he decides to cast in a play about state torture. As events proceed, he and the woman, the wife of a dentist, become lovers. All along, however, right-wing types have been persecuting, and the whole endeavor goes sour.

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Life Marks / La vida mancha (2003) Enrique Urbizu, May Pascual, Gabriel Moreno, Alfonso Torregrosa, Drama

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Fito, a truck driver, and Juana, an administrative assistant, live under the heavy pressure of the debts he has to pay off. After ten years of absence, during which he has remained silent, Pedro, his elder brother, shows up in Madrid, freshly arrived from England and eager to spend some time there with the excuse of re-establishing the brotherly ties and settling an account from the past. However, we assume he has more down-to-earth and darker motives, like erasing his own footsteps to prevent being tracked down by the police and by his accomplices in the diamond-dealing business. While Fito muddles through life and tries to make money outside the household, Pedro gracefully takes on his role by looking after his son, Jon, while a powerful attraction appears between him and Juana.

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Antes de morir piensa en mí (2008) Raúl Hernández Garrido, Rebeca Badía, Diego Braguinsky, Paula Braguinsky, Crime, Drama

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Nina (Sara Vallés) es una joven con una vida desgraciada que no se resigna a no ser feliz. Su vida nos habla de la frustración sentimental de una época gris en la historia de España. Acusada de participar en un crimen horrendo, la historia de Nina revive a través de su infancia de abandono, su matrimonio con un hombre mayor que ella, la relación que mantiene con un compañero de su marido, hasta llegar a un final trágico en el que, irónicamente, logra alcanzar esa felicidad que nunca ha tenido.

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All the Women / Todas las mujeres (2013) Mariano Barroso, Eduard Fernández, Lucía Quintana, Michelle Jenner, Drama

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Winner of the Goya, Spain’s answer to the Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay, Mariano Barroso’s provocative takedown of Spanish machismo follows Nacho (Eduard Fernandez), a down and out veterinarian, who seeks advice from the most important women in his life – his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law and his psychologist – after his scheme to steal five horses from his father-in-law falls apart. He soon finds his character indicted by each one of them.

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