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Actors: Doris Wells, Daniela Silverio, Rafael Briceño, Mirtha Borges, Maya Oloe
Director: Fina Torres
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 28min

A taut, Gothic, Latin American romance, winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Marie returns to a rundown Venezuelan house in the jungle where she spent summers as a child. Her return ignites memories of a ...  more »


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Actors: Doris Wells, Daniela Silverio, Rafael Briceño, Mirtha Borges, Maya Oloe
Director: Fina Torres
Creators: Jean-Claude Larrieu, Fina Torres, Patrick Sandrin, Antoine Lacomblez, Catherine Philippe-Gérard, Paul Gégauff
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Cinemateca
Format: DVD - Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/18/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Beautiful Venezuelan Masterpiece
Victor Hugo | Salt Lake City, UT, USA | 01/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A beautiful Venezuelan production that reflex an era in the Venezuelan society. Every corner of the movie involves you in a mistery that needs to be discovered, to reveal a sin at the very end. The passion and the love that only can exist in the rooms of a lost old mansion of the Venezuelan forests. I enjoyed this jewel and very seductive movie very much."
When worlds collide
Louix Escobar Matute | West Hollywood, CALIFORNIA United States | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Albeit difficult to follow, due in part to the series of disjointed flashbacks and confusing images, this is a beautifully told story of pain and betrayal set in an exotic and lush tropical setting. The plot line is simple: a woman, residing in France, inherits an old hacienda from her aunt on the Venezuelan coast in the early 70's, only to discover her aunt's illicit relationship, and subsequent seclusion, with her illegitimate half brother. Venezuelan society of the 1930's and 50's was extremely hypocritical and chauvinistic, a point exceedingly well portrayed in this film. The mise-en-scène and the photography are top notch. The acting is subdued and languid, almost somnolescent in its reverie of another era. To appreciate this film, one has to have an understanding of Latin society; its intolerance for female rôles outside the established "norm;" its many unspoken, rigid rules and its complete disregard for human nature. The contrast in this film, offered by the lushness of the landscape and the dryness of the interaction within the family, is its most salient attribute."
tioantonio | Barcelona - Spain | 05/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"El feminismo de Fina Torres unido a la belleza de paisajes venezolanos en tiempos dificiles para el amor entre seres diferentes socialmente en una sociedad machista, donde por encima de todo prevalece el respeto infundido por años de educación, anulando los sentimientos humanos, los cuales, cuando son de buena madera prevalecen en el tiempo. Ganadora en Cannes, es algo irrepetible por mucho tiempo en Venezuela."
The real supreme masterpiece of Venezuelan Cinema!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Twenty years is relatively a short space of time, but perhaps enough to reflect about the grandess of this pecualiar and immortal artwork.
The feminine universe in my birthplace literally loads the atmosphere. Venezuela astonishes you due its freahness, captivating greeness, the spectacular Avila Mountain of two and a half kilometers height is a remarkable proof about this statement. You look it and your feelings change. You can walk through this mountain every weekened and feel the Earth Call.
So the charm, beauty and powerful gaze of the woman has captivated and engaged the literary world. From Gallegos to Uslar Pietri, from Bonalde a great poet to Camejo ( the reknown poet employed in 21 grams), the ingenuity and strength of the Venezuelan woman has resisted so many combats. most of them painful.
Fina Torres rescued through this intimate portrait a simple story of hopeless, disencounters, lack of affection and loneliness of Oriana told superbly in two planes. Yesterday and today are finely shown without any drop of soap melodram, a very well made script and solid performance of Doris Wells one of the greatest actress ever born in this country.
Fina Torres told a very common story told so many times and lived at least by thousands unknown women around the world. But this sad portrait allowed to show with all the possible freshness and charming visual poetry some unforgettable aspects of our citizenship. But beware that episode goes far beyond the limits of a nation to remain as silent witeness of the injustice and cross eyed disfunction in ancient generations of unfinished and anonymus stories through the little history.
A Latin gem!"