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Siesta (1987)

Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few ... See full summary »

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Mary Lambert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Barkin ... Claire
Gabriel Byrne ... Augustine
Julian Sands ... Kit
Isabella Rossellini ... Marie
Martin Sheen ... Del
Alexei Sayle ... Cabbie (as Alexy Syale)
Grace Jones ... Conchita
Jodie Foster ... Nancy
Anastassia Stakis Anastassia Stakis ... Desdra
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... Roger
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Gary
Santiago Álvarez Santiago Álvarez ... Arturo (as Santiago Alvarez)
Daniel Martín ... Beaten Spaniard (as Daniel Martin)
Fabián Conde Fabián Conde ... Injured Spaniard (as Fabian Conde)
José María Cañete José María Cañete ... Ticket Agent #1 (as Pepe Canete)
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Storyline

Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few days. She thinks she's killed someone, but isn't sure, and now she's wandering the Spanish streets without money or a clear memory. Written by Rob Hartill

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The time of day when mystery and passion become one.


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сиеста See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios Roma, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$700,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Mary Lambert asked Madonna to star in this film, but she declined because the film had "too much nudity and sexual content". See more »

Quotes

Claire: Somewhere... I don't know where... I turned a corner and there was no turning back. Somewhere I made a mistake.
Kit: Don't mourn it, sweet, it's all right. The marvellous thing about making mistakes is that you can keep making them, the same ones, over and over again.
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Connections

Referenced in Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Filming the Horror (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme for Agustine
Written by Marcus Miller and Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
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"Jacob's Ladder" With Hot Chicks!
29 April 2002 | by lbcsrwSee all my reviews

This movie is not for everyone. That being said, I loved it. It is surreal, complex, and asks more questions than it answers. It evokes rather than exposes, and creates a vivid imaginary world using only good acting, editing, and camera technique. Although it may have been marketed as an erotic thriller, it is actually a profoundly personal, emotional, and psychological exploration of one woman's struggle for spiritual freedom.

Ellen Barkin is captivating as the enigmatic Claire, a woman desperately trying to uncover her past. This is, for her, a true tour de force.

The supporting cast reads like a celeb who's who, with Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Isabella Rosallini, Gabriel Byrne, Grace Jones, Julian Sands, and a surprisingly intense cameo by English comedian Alexi Sayle.

If that weren't enough, the soundtrack features original music by Miles Davis, some of the last work he recorded.

As I said, this film is not for everyone, but my mind returns to it again and again. It lingers in my memory and, for that, I am grateful.


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