Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Lili Taylor, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Jines
Director: Susan Seidelman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
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Richard W. (rewfilmmaker) from NAPLES, FL
Reviewed on 9/30/2013...
Remember the movie "The Birdcage", (1996) the American version with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane? If you liked it watch "Gaudi Afternoon". The plots have definite similarities; replace South Beach with Barcelona (Barthalona) and gay guys with lesbians and you'll get the basic idea. There is one big surprise however and it fits in beautifully. Like its counterpart it's a love story just with eccentric characters but the struggle for love is the same. Back in 2002 when this film was released I suppose some of the subject matter was too racy for general audiences. This may account for its limited distribution. Whether you're gay or straight or somewhere in between these girls are hilarious and the architecture is entertaining in itself.
A Delectable Diversion
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 12/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are familiar with the wacky but gloriously fun architecture of Gaudi, with all the monuments to his gifts collected in Barcelona, then you will have an inkling of the pleasures in store for you in this little treasure of a film GAUDI AFTERNOON. Almost as a metaphor for the way life imitates Gaudi's art, this well written, photographed and acted film is so off the beaten track that that it slipped by the major theaters who search for the Big Movies, often neglecting these fine ornaments. In short, this is a story of an expatriated American, at odds with her own life and family, who settles temporarily in Barcelona to translate a South American novel from Spanish into English. In the midst of her tedious ad frustrating life pops what appears to be a glamourous femme fatale who hires our bored translator to find her estranged husband. And that is all the plot you get. All of the characters she encounters in her tidbit of detective work are uniquely different from what they appear. In the end all turns out well, but it is the getting there that is so much fun! With actessses such as Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Lily Taylor, and Juliette Lewis expect the best of work. These women are gifted comediennes and the director and cinematographer use them as embellishments visually and emotionally and sarcastically to the wondrously photographed architecture of Gaudi. This movie is rich in color, in imagination, in acting, and in joy. Treat yourself!"
A Pleasant Surprise
rac415 | San Francisco, CA USA | 11/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a pleasant surprise. An extra star for the surprise. Shame on the studio for tossing this film away. And why they ever decided to market this as a Lesbian film I'll never know. Anyway, I smiled through the whole thing, and laughed loudly over many little moments. It's all about the actors looking like they are having a really good time making a silly yet thoughtful film. And what a great cast. It's a small little piece of entertainment with lots to offer without hitting you over the head with typical Hollywood grossness. Best not to know a lot about the slim plot- just watch it and enjoy."
Original, fresh, fun Friday night fare
dawnfinley | Los Angeles, CA | 03/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though Barbara Wilson's novel by the same name casts the characters a bit differently than the film does, this cinematic exploration of gender and sexuality is really entertainting. When I try to explain it to my hip and theory-wise friends they roll their eyes at all of the plot twists, but they don't seem so hokey as you watch. And the opening credit sequence of this film is stunning--absolutely stunning. There are all of these gorgeous stained-glass-like images which fold and melt into one another; almost the way the identity of some of the characters evolves and shifts during the course of the film. We have the usual independent film suspects in the cast--notably Marcia Gay Harden and Lili Taylor--but oddly it doesn't just feel like yet another little indie film that could. The actors do a wonderful job of seducing us as much as each other, and Judy Davis' performance is much more nuanced than perhaps the film even asks for--which makes it especially delicious. And the landscape of Barcelona is truly fabulous. From the first frame to the last frame, you'll be entranced and engaged and surprised."