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Goya's Ghosts (2006)

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

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The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter. Written by Ploy P.

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (Spain)  »

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Les fantômes de Goya  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,671, 22 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,045, 24 November 2007
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When asked why a film about such a quintessentially Spanish artist was made in English, the director replied "I don't speak Spanish." See more »

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When Ines is kneeling in Lorenzo's office, the mic is visible at the top of the screen, above and to the left of her head. See more »

Quotes

[Bonaparte and Lorenzo are looking at paintings of Maria Luisa]
Joseph Bonaparte: I met her once... don't recall her being quite so ugly though. How did she have so many lovers?
Brother Lorenzo: [smiling] She was the Queen, Your Majesty.
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Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #2.7 (2016) See more »

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Don't believe the critics - See This Film!!!
26 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

There is one great flaw here that almost everyone mentions... and it's true. The accents of the non-Spanish actors clash terribly with the Spanish ones, as well as with each other. That's a real flaw, but if you can get past that, there's a great film waiting to be seen. I found I forgot all about it after the first 10 minutes. The critics just don't get this film. A lot of regular people seem to miss it too. They want a film with a typical "leading" role. They want their morality tales (which this certainly IS) delivered in easy shades of Black and White... no gray. They don't understand films where the title character is primarily an Observer. Sometimes that CAN be dissatisfying, but here the Observer is a genuine genius. Some people want him to be a moral giant, but he's not, he's simply an observer who has actualized the doctor's oath: First, do no harm. This is a brilliant story, and a morally complex one, too. There are some parallels to America in Iraq, though that is not the primary goal. This story illuminates the folly of any regime, liberal or conservative, as each picks its friends and foes, taking 180 degree turns from whoever was last in power. Javier Bardem gives an incredibly canny performance! Natalie Portman is totally unsentimental and totally committed to her multiple roles: just great! Stellan Skarsgard threw me off at first with the sound of his voice, but builds a performance of power and truth, in spite of it. Randy Quaid was a small revelation. And of course the film looks and sounds spectacular, with it's numerous and detailed textures, compositions and sounds. If you want to think; if you like having pat assumptions challenged; if you love people and history and art: see it!


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