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El Sur (1983)

El sur (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 January 1984 (Netherlands)
A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Director:

Víctor Erice

Writers:

Víctor Erice (screenplay), Adelaida García Morales (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Omero Antonutti ... Agustín Arenas
Sonsoles Aranguren ... Estrella - 8 años
Icíar Bollaín ... Estrella - 15 años
Lola Cardona ... Julia
Rafaela Aparicio ... Milagros
Aurore Clément ... Irene Ríos / Laura
Maria Caro Maria Caro ... Casilda
Francisco Merino ... Enamorado
José Vivó José Vivó ... Camarero
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Doña Rosario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José García García Morilla José García García Morilla ... Chófer
María Massip María Massip ... Estrella adulta (voice)
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Storyline

The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north of Spain. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south which seem to be hidden in the personality of her father. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

Sur est un seul et grand Tango

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 January 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El Sur See more »

Filming Locations:

Estella, Navarra, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,959
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Víctor Erice considers this to be an unfinished project. The original script consisted of more than 400 pages and was scheduled to be shot in 81 days. 48 days into shooting, when production was to be moved to north Spain, producer Elías Querejeta unexpectedly suspended the project, allegedly because of financing objections by Televisión Española, the backing television network. However, Querejeta revealed years later that he made the decision because he though the movie was finished with what they've shot so far. See more »

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Soundtracks

La cumparsita
Composed by Enric Granados and Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
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most beautiful movie I've ever seen
2 May 2003 | by ay9aSee all my reviews

It must be almost twenty years since I saw this movie (and I saw it only once, when I was in Japan), but the memory of this movie remains in me like an old haunting dream from childhood. Cinematography at its best. I think, for the first time, this film made me think that the best media for poetry is not words, but vision.

I would want to recommend this to anyone who loves "Spirit of the Beehive" and thinks it cannot be surpassed. But alas, I don't know how you get this movie in USA with English subtitle.


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