Tag Archives: Spain

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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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Comedy, Drama, Romance

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen, 2010)
Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.
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Kidnapped / Secuestrados (2010) Miguel Ángel Vivas, Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Horror, Thriller

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Jaime, his wife Marta and their teenage daughter Isa move to a dream house in Madrid and they plan a family dinner to celebrate. Out of the blue, three violent hooded thieves break in their house and hold the Marta and Isa hostage while their leader goes to the bank with Jaime to withdraw money from the family bank accounts in a tragic night of terror.
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La Mansion De Los Muertos Vivientes (1985) Jesus Franco, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Mabel Escaño, Horror, Erotic

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Four strippers get a great deal on a vacation at a remote island resort. They soon find out why it was such a great deal when they learn the place is empty except for them ,the Gardner and the hotel manager. Little do the women know that something sinister has been going on this island and one by one they soon find out its terrible secret.
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The Lonely Woman / No encontré rosas para mi madre (1973) Francisco Rovira Beleta, Gina Lollobrigida, Danielle Darrieux, Concha Velasco, Drama

The Lonely Woman (1973)
A young male model-cum-hustler juggling “relationships” with three women while looking for the big score, a rich girl who will keep him afloat for life. But no relationship is developed, no background examined, no motivation explained. He just bounces from woman to woman like a pinball and ends up marrying an emotionally stunted girl who plays with dolls.
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Una lucertola con la pelle di donna / A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) Lucio Fulci, Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Mystery, Thriller

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna AKA A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Florinda Bolkan plays the daughter of a prominant English politician who keeps having recurring “nightmares” in which she makes love to a bisexual nympho who lives downstairs and conducts all-night LSD orgies. When the nocturnal wet dreams become murderous, the neighbor turns up dead, and Florinda is the main suspect. Did she actually commit the murder she dreamt about? Is she being framed by her philandering husband? Did Florinda actually make nightly visits downstairs aside from borrowing the occasional cup of sugar? How DID Florinda’s letter opener end up stuck in the dead neighbor’s chest anyway? The complex plot unfolds amidst red herrings, outlandish dream sequences, lesbian hanky panky, and ominous close-ups of Florinda Bolkan’s guilt-ridden facial expressions every time someone mentions the murder. All this takes place in swinging late-1960’s London.
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Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) Luis Buñuel, Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Comedy, Drama

Cet obscur objet du desir (1977)
Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see in flashback) how he became obsessed by her (so much so that he failed to notice that she was played by two different actresses, representing different sides of her personality), and how she tantalised him, but would never allow him to satisfy his desire for her…
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L’ingorgo: Una storia impossibile / Traffic Jam (1979) Luigi Comencini, Alberto Sordi, Annie Girardot, Fernando Rey, Drama

L'ingorgo Una storia impossibile (1979)
A tremendous congestion hit the Roma highway ring. The biggest traffic jam ever seen endures for more than 36 hours. People blocked in their cars react at the beginning normally. But the more the time advance the more we are witness of personal dramas, hysteric reactions and more. All the episodes are linked like one only plot. Cars and their hosts are a microcosm of stories part of a major universe: the congestion.
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Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite / An Orchid for the Tiger (1965) Claude Chabrol, Roger Hanin, Margaret Lee, Michel Bouquet, Adventure, Crime, Comedy

Le tigre se parfume a la dynamite (1965)
Louis Rapiere aka Tiger is sent to Port-a-Pitre (French Guyane), to supervise the recuperation of a treasure from a sunken ship. A group of revolutionaries pirates the ship and robs the treasure, intending to sell it to an international terrorist organization, named Orchid. When he gets there, he demands that the French authority arrests the revolutionaries, but trying to prevent a general strike, the police does nothing. The Tiger finds himself acting alone, in a paralized territory – as the revoltionaries incited the people to the general strike anyway… and competing against American, Russian, and German spies. Everybody is very interested in the treasure, a rare mineral with tremendous impact on arms development, now about to fall into the Orchid’s clutch.
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