Films from Latin America & Spain

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Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby smurfrevolt » Sun Sep 21, 2003 3:52 am

I am from a Catholic country, but El Crimen del Padre Amaro wasn't that brilliant or controversial either, at leat for me. It's an old story here; but I'm not sure if it's the same in Mexico. Well-acted, yes, but again, the plot is so mundane. You don't feel for any of those characters. I think Y tu mama tambien is overrated also; it's good, but not awesome. So there were some political issues tackled in passing, but still only in passing. It's a teenage soft porn road movie with Mexican actors. I'm wondering if they cast American actors if it would have the same effect...probably not.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby mrodriguez4 » Sun Sep 21, 2003 9:12 am

I also felt disappointed by "y tu mama tambien" The story was not that engaging for me. I kept questioning the meaning of some of the off camera narrator´s stories.


Did you mean "Abre los Ojos", which is the same as "Open your eyes", the Spanish version was better than "Vanilla sky" the American version with Tom Cruse? If that is what you meant, I agree 100%.


Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby Ria » Sun Sep 21, 2003 10:14 am

Ops, shouldn't post so much late at night.

Of course, you are correct, I mean [b]Abre los ojos”[/b] was [u]much[/u] better than [i]“Vanilla Sky”[/i] although I didn't think it was brilliant.

I also forgot to say that I totally love [b]"El hijo de la Novia”[/b] (“Son of the bride”).

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby mrodriguez4 » Sun Sep 21, 2003 6:14 pm

That´s OK, it always happens to me as well. I loved "Son of the Bride" as well. It bring emotions out of you, joy, sadness, happiness etc. you almost want to cry in some scenes. I watched it with a few relative and they experience the same emotions.

May I suggest another Argentinean movie, if you have not seen it yet, "Nine Queens" It is a very good movie, quite different than "Son of the Bride" in that is a story of con artists Conning each other. But it is quite good.


Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby dixie » Sun Sep 28, 2003 5:13 pm

I find that Spanish filmakers tend to have passionate, colorful characters . Great films by contemporary filmmakers, Amores Perros (dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), All About My Mother (Almadovar) and Our Lady of the Assasins (Barbet Schroeder), are three off the top of my head.
Luis Bunuel's films are true works of art and I have seen every one I could get my hands on. Favorites are: Nazarin,
Los Olvidados and Viridiana.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby jasjesbe » Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:00 am

You have forgotten two films highly considered among Spaniards: the first one is [b]El viaje a ninguna parte[/b] ([i]Voyage to nowhere[/i]), a film acted and directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez, the highest rated actor in Spain; the other is [b]La caza[/b] ([i]The hunt[/i]), the best movie of Carlos Saura and, imho, the best film in Spanish cinematography.

I would like to remember you too that, in Spain, Pedro Almodóvar is a director worshiped by half the public and hated for the other half. What can be said for sure is that his movies always are controversial.

Two other interesting movies in Spanish language are [b]Fresa y chocolate[/b] ([i]Strawberry & Chocolate[/i]), from Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and [b]La frontera[/b] ([i]The frontier[/i]), by Ricardo P. Larrain.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby felipejuanfroilan » Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:18 pm

Just for those who are a bit more interested in Spanish directors that aren´t Buñuel or Almodóvar.

LUIS GARCÍA BERLANGA: similar to Italian directors from the late fifties like Ferreri, Germi ou Monicelli.

Plácido - 1961
El Verdugo (The executioner) - 1963

VICTOR ERICE - Author of not religious but spiritual films, technically high-elaborated.

El Espíritu de la Colmena - 1973
El Sur (The south) - 1983

MARIO CAMUS: Author of "Los Santos Inocentes" (The Holy Innocents) - 1984 -, in some ways similar to that film of E. Olmi about countrymen.

CARLOS SAURA: He won many prizes in Berlin during the seventies, but sorry, I haven't seen any of his films.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby smurfrevolt » Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:39 am

I liked Julio Medem's Lovers of the Arctic Circle. I liked it, but I wouldn't call it a masterpiece. It could be a 'guilty pleasure''s a love story about coincidences. Just nicely made, funny at some parts. It made me like Fele Martinez, the guy who plays Otto.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby christopherbaggins » Tue Oct 21, 2003 10:30 am

a couple good, lighter spanish films i've seen recently are "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" by Almaldovar and "Jamon,Jamon". Watch the second with caution its humor may not be universally funny but I found it enjoyable.

Re: Films from Latin America & Spain

Postby smurfrevolt » Thu Oct 23, 2003 11:20 am

I also recently watched Martin Hache. I enjoyed the repartee and great acting from Cecilia Roth. And I can relate to that whole drug thing...just that the conversations seem so real and candid, some parts, they just didn't seem to be acting...


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