Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|La Puta y La Ballena|
Actors: Pepe Munne, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Mercè Llorens, Martin Caloni
Director: Luis Puenzo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Venevision Intl Films Release Date: 06/17/2008 Run time: 94 minutes
I admit to feeling skeptical about a film called "The Whore
Penumbra | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The set up is a story-within-a-story. In the present day, Vera is a Madrid writer dealing with breast cancer and family issues. To get her mind off her problems, Vera's editor forwards her a love letter written by a photographer killed 70 years earlier during the Spanish Civil War. Her interest piqued by this powerful, poetic and somewhat enigmatic letter, Vera decides to publish a book based on Emilio's work during the 1930's. During the course of her research, Vera becomes absorbed in his photography, letters, and journals. As Vera reads Emilio's journal and the unsent love letter addressed to Lola, she becomes obsessed. She needs to understand everything about the photographer and his muse. So, she is drawn to Argentina where their story began and traces the lovers' path from Buenos Aires to Patagonia. The letter and photographs barely began to tell their story.
Academy Award winner, Luis Puenzo, used every element at his disposal to great effect in telling this story...words, colors, music, location and a brilliant cast of some of the leading actors from Argentina and Spain.
Patagonia is a land of breathtaking landscapes and seascapes; the cinematography does it justice.
Although the movie has nudity and sexual situations, the most sensual scenes are the tangos. The musical score is gorgeous. In fact, based on hearing a bit of the tangos, I bought the soundtrack two years before seeing the film.
DVD special features include optional English subtitles, chapter selection, and filmography listings for the director and principle actors.
It is a sad story, but wonderfully told. Highly recommended.
Spanish with English subtitles."