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Torment (1974)

Tormento (original title)
A man retorn to Spain afterwards he becames rich man in America. He falls in love with a woman who works as a servant in his cousin's house. Before getting married he realizes that she's had a torrid affair with a priest.

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Pedro Olea
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Amparo
Francisco Rabal ... Agustín Caballero
Javier Escrivá Javier Escrivá ... Pedro Polo
Concha Velasco ... Rosalía de Bringas (as Conchita Velasco)
Rafael Alonso ... Francisco de Bringas
Ismael Merlo ... Padre Nones
María Luisa San José María Luisa San José ... Refugio (as María Luisa Sanjosé)
Amelia de la Torre ... Marcelina Polo
Milagros Leal ... Celedonia
María Isbert ... Prudencia
José Cabal José Cabal ... Felipe (as José Ignacio Cabal)
María de las Rivas María de las Rivas ... Portera
María Álvarez María Álvarez ... Marta
Juan C. Pérez Juan C. Pérez ... Alfonsito
Mabel Ordóñez ... Isabelita
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A man retorn to Spain afterwards he becames rich man in America. He falls in love with a woman who works as a servant in his cousin's house. Before getting married he realizes that she's had a torrid affair with a priest.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 1974 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bewitcher See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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María Asquerino also turned down the role played by Concha Velasco See more »

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Spin-off La Corea (1976) See more »

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Olea improving
22 October 2006 | by alserranoSee all my reviews

This is one film that seems more like a TV miniseries: based on a Benito Perez-Galdós work, it tells the story of a woman (a housemaid called Amparo - Ana Belén) working in the house of a very hypocritical woman (Concha Velasco), and who has two men in love with her, one priest that is in permanent sin because of her (or that is his view of the story), and a rich man who is visiting Madrid.

This is a very interesting work. Firstly because you realize how near are those rural dramas that are so typical in the Spanish literature to the noir novels: a femme fatale who does not know why has a terrible fate, and because of many facts that seem arbitrary and the morals of the society she is living with, she can't run from them. Other thing I liked is the humor the movie has (the story is too over-the-top to work without humor). Another, the great work of Concha Velasco as a really mean character. And most of all, the ending, which sums the many visual metaphors this "Tormento" has.

But there is a very rigid style that shows how Pedro Olea was still learning, like very abrupt editing (when someone begins to talk, there is always a close-up of their face) and tiring music. Anyway, a very amusing movie, very well acted, and ultimately satisfying that predicted the good things to come from Pedro Olea, and which is notably better than his first serious work, "El bosque del lobo".


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