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The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)

La niña de tus ojos (original title)
A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise...

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Fernando Trueba
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Macarena Granada
Antonio Resines ... Blas Fontiveros
Jorge Sanz ... Julián Torralba
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Rosa Rosales
Santiago Segura ... Castillo
Loles León ... Trini Morenos
Jesús Bonilla ... Marco Bonilla
Neus Asensi ... Lucía Gandía
Miroslav Táborský ... Václav Passer (as Mirosláv Táborský)
Johannes Silberschneider ... Goebbels
Karel Dobrý ... Leo
Götz Otto ... Heinrich von Wermelskirch
Hanna Schygulla ... Magda Goebbels
María Barranco ... Embajadora
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Embajador (as Juan Luís Galiardo)
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Storyline

During the Spanish Civil War, a movie troupe goes from Spain to Berlin for a joint production with UFA. Besides the jealousies and sexual escapades of any movie set, culture and politics add to the tensions: they use Jewish and Gypsy prisoners as extras to give an Andalucian look, the director is sleeping with his ingénue with no intention of leaving his wife, and the ingénue cooperates with this Nazi project in hopes of freeing her father from one of Franco's jails. When Goebbels himself plies her with favors, the director and the rest of the crew encourage her to sleep with him for the good of the production. Does she have any options? Will anyone act unselfishly? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

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Spanish | German | Russian

Release Date:

13 November 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl of Your Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Budget:

EUR4,200,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on true events during the filming of Carmen (la de Triana) (1938) and Nights in Andalusia (1938), both starring Imperio Argentina. See more »

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Has its merits, but is not really my kind of film
1 May 2001 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

A rather unusual Spanish film, to say the least: an Andalucían theatre group go to Nazi Germany to make a film and get swallowed up in all the nasty things going on there, which in itself is rather cute, given all the nasty things that had been going on back in Spain.

The mixture of drama with a quizzical farcical touch of Spanish black humour thrown in does not quite work with me, I'm afraid. Fernando Trueba, as ever, has done his job well. The scene-setting is truly exceptional; the dialogues at times are really good but at others tend to jar on the ear making me wonder if this is the same Rafael Azcona (Logroño, 1926) as in other far better scripts; and hearing Penélope Cruz with an Andalucían accent is definitely something not to be missed at any price…….!! Oh, she's from Madrid, by the way, and that city has its own dialect. I've never had much sympathy for Antonio Resines, despite having to acknowledge that in this film he is pretty good and I should say the same of Loles León who I have seen a few times in very trivial TV paraphernalia. Rosa María Sardá is of course splendid, her live-theatre upbringing lending a good hand to the occasion.

So the ingredients are more or less right, but the whole just does not convince me; perhaps the story-line, perhaps the rather strange sense of humour in bizarre situations...

Well, never mind: Penelope Cruz is `La Niña de Mis Ojos' (The Girl of My Eyes) whenever and wherever she pops up, which, thank goodness, is nice and frequent.

The Spanish spoken is rather difficult and so is for people at an advanced level; otherwise the film should be seen dubbed or with subtitles.


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