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Anna and the Wolves (1973)

Ana y los lobos (original title)
The young but travelled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by ... See full summary »

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Carlos Saura

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Rafael Azcona, Carlos Saura (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Geraldine Chaplin ... Ana
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Fernando
José María Prada ... José
José Vivó José Vivó ... Juan
Rafaela Aparicio ... La madre
Charo Soriano Charo Soriano ... Luchy
Marisa Porcel ... Amparo
Anny Quinas Anny Quinas
Nuria Lage Nuria Lage ... Natalia
María José Puerta María José Puerta ... Carlota
Sara Gil Sara Gil ... Victoria
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The young but travelled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by death and having constant nervous breakdowns; her son José was raised dressing in girl's clothes until his First Communion and is obsessed by military clothes and paraphernalia; Juan, the father of the three girls, a pervert since his childhood, writes pornographic letters to Ana; his wife, Luchy, has suicidal tendencies; and the mystic and religious eremite Fernando, who was inflicted to flagellation in his childhood, lives as a recluse in a cave. The presence of Ana disturbs the three brothers with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana e os Lobos See more »

Filming Locations:

Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The Universe of the Spanish Society in Franco's Dictatorship
18 July 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The young but traveled Ana (Geraldine Chaplin) arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch (Rafaela Aparicio) is a sick old woman obsessed by death and having constant nervous breakdown; her son José (José María Prada) was raised dressing girl's clothes until his First Communion and is obsessed by military clothes and stuffs; Juan (José Vivó), the father of the three girls, is a pervert since his childhood that writes pornographic letters to Ana; his wife Luchy (Charo Soriano) has suicidal tendencies; and the mystic and religious eremite Fernando(Fernando Fernán Gómez), who was inflicted to flagellation in his childhood, lives recluse in a cave. The presence of Ana disturbs the three brothers with tragic consequences.

In the 70's, "Ana y los Lobos" was very successful in Brazil and one of my favorite movies of my adolescence. This film is actually a political allegory of Franco's dictatorship in Spain, with the mother and the three brothers representing the Spanish society of those times. The omnipotent mother is the old Spain; the oppressive José represents the authoritarianism of the military government of Franco; Juan the repressed sexuality and Fernando the Catholic Church. The story is bizarre with a weird atmosphere and characters and top-notch performances, with Geraldine Chaplin extremely beautiful and sexy. The DVD released in Brazil by the Brazilian distributor Platina Filmes is actually a VHS converted to DVD, with low-quality of image. The worst is the unforgivable and shameful mistake in the subtitles in Portuguese that wrongly translates, for example, "seho" (seal, in English) as cello, misleading in a non-sense way the viewer that can not understand Spanish. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ana e os Lobos" ("Ana and the Wolves")


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