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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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