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The Red Squirrel (1993)

La ardilla roja (original title)
Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Lisa
Nancho Novo ... Jota
María Barranco ... Carmen
Karra Elejalde ... Antón
Carmelo Gómez ... Félix
Cristina Marcos ... Chica pelo azul
Mónica Molina Mónica Molina ... Chica pelo rojo
Ana Gracia Ana Gracia ... Dra. Psiquiatra
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Begoña
Susana García Díez Susana García Díez ... Eli (as Susana García)
Ane Sánchez Ane Sánchez ... Cristina
Eneko Irizar Eneko Irizar ... Alberto
Sarai Noceda Sarai Noceda ... Ana
Maite Yerro Maite Yerro ... Nicola
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Jefe Neorologia
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Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the hospital. She has forgotten even what her name is, and he invents her life. He makes up a name for her and tells her and the doctors that they live together as a couple for four years. The lie goes on for a while... Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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Spain

Language:

Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 February 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rote Eichhörnchen See more »

Filming Locations:

El Pardo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Félix: I love her from my very entrails. I need her same as I need my liver, my brain, my eyes. Without her, my bones break, my lungs melt and I cannot breathe. I need Sofia so that I can live.
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Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen
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Amazing - but ultimately disappointing
8 November 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Lisa (Emma Suarez) is in a motorcycle accident and loses her memory. Jay (Nancho Nova) finds her and calls the ambulance. He then pretends to be her boyfriend, convincing her and the doctors of this. They disappear on holiday together to the Red Squirrel camp site where memories steadily flow out and all is not what it seems.

This starts innocently - you're pretty sure that you understand what's going on (Jay is trying to replace his lost girlfriend by naming this lose woman that she is his Lisa and giving her all the memories he wants). However as the film goes on it becomes less clear. The director fills the film with flashbacks of Jay's memories of his girlfriend and his music video, and flashbacks of Lisa's memories combined with a squirrel eyes view of the forest.

As the film continues these flashbacks etc are continually intercut with the main film and separate elements (the hit and run driver, the night time radio slots, the doctor) all get tied into the main story. During the film it's all very exhilarating because you don't fully understand what's going on but you know that all the elements are coming together towards an amazing conclusion. Unfortunately it doesn't deliver at the end - as the strands start to come together the film does start to link up - but it links up with unbelievable, coincidental connections. Rather than having a thrilling tidy conclusion in collapses into symbolism and abstract images and actions.

Emma Suarez steals the show as the complex Lisa, she manages to be believable even when the other actors and surrounding situations seem ridiculous. The director does an excellent job injecting a sense of urgency and confusion into a seemingly straight forward story. Although it does being meaningless arty rubbish in the last 20 minutes, everything that goes before is a consistently visually amazing story.

This is definitely worth watching once - but the final 20 minutes will either frustrate you (if you like logical meaningful endings) or amaze you (if you're into abstract arty stuff!).


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