Barcelona: during a long night of August, some people have different experiences what left a deep impression in them: Lucía is abandoned by his boyfriend Iván after a three-years-old ... See full summary »
Manuela Burló Moreno
Pilar López de Ayala,
María, a nurse whose daughter was killed by three militiamen, travels from Colombia to Spain with her younger son in order to take revenge from one of the killers, a man called Iván. She ... See full summary »
Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good... See full summary »
Interwoven emotions and struggles of three women of different generations aiming to build the lives they desire, their own future, love and dreams. All of them lose the love of their lives ... See full summary »
Ever since her mum died, María has taken care of her father and her siblings. That's why her father's announcement of marriage to his nurse brings María's world crashing down around her. At the age of 35, she'll have to change her fate.
José Ángel Egido,
Vito, Luis and Francesco are three Spanish friends around thirty who travel by van to Paris for no apparent reason, just looking for a reunion with their respective ancient, idyllic and yet... See full summary »
The wife of senior Tomás (José Sacristán) passed away, but they don't let him bury her, because the family of the deceased wants to repatriate the body to Paris. So Tomás steals the corpse ... See full summary »
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Summer in Menorca. The young Olivia has lost all understanding for the world. She just ended an affair in order to begin a real relationship, but no sooner had it started than this also ends. She is comforted and receives prosaic advice from her sculptor mother Nuria. When pensioned advertisement filmmaker Fernando moves into their guest house, a fresh wind blows over the island. While Olivia sees him as a father figure, Fernando tries to seduce Nuria. ISLA BONITA is a charming, wonderfully cheerful comedy full of misunderstandings - and a bijou homage to the idyllic holiday island of Menorca. Director and main actor Fernando Colomo delights us with this semi-autobiographic fiction film. Written by
I saw the film last month as I flew to Spain on the Spanish carrier Iberia to spend a month in Madrid on family business.
It's a bit silly. One of the main characters is clearly the Spanish version of Woody Allen. He's an older guy involved in the film and TV industry whose career is basically over. He decides to leave Madrid and hang out on Menorca, probably Spain's most laid-back vacation island, with a friend who abandoned life the fast lane before him.
However, the star of the movie is a young Spanish actress from Menorca who plays the daughter of the friend of the Woody Allen-like friend. As the Woody Allen-like guy tries to get involved with a young woman's mother, the young woman's life is "in turmoil" for the normal reasons one would expect from a young woman: Her boyfriends (who seem to know each other) and her mother.
But what makes the film is the young actress' facial expressions, along with her ability to switch seamlessly when speaking, between English, Castilian and Menorcan (which is related to Catalonian). Of course, for the English-only viewer, this won't be so noticeable. But I loved it.
Of course, I also loved returning to Menorca, if only in my mind this time. I still recall that my wife and I were in a Madrid travel agency looking for a vacation package, and when the agent told us that no one really goes to Menorca because it doesn't have ambiance, we were immediately sold. And we never regretted going to Menorca, especially during the off-season.
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