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Solas (1999)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1999 (Spain)
Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »

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Benito Zambrano

Writer:

Benito Zambrano

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Galiana ... Madre
Ana Fernández ... María
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ... Vecino
Antonio Dechent ... Médico (as Antonio Pérez Dechent)
Paco De Osca Paco De Osca ... Padre (as Paco de Osca)
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Juan
Miguel Alcíbar Miguel Alcíbar ... El Gordo
Pilar Sánchez Pilar Sánchez ... Limpiadora
Concha Galán Concha Galán ... Limpiadora
Paco Tous ... Socio de Juan
Rosario Lara Rosario Lara ... Jefa limpieza
Pepa Faraco Pepa Faraco ... Cajera
Estrella Távora Estrella Távora ... Enfermera
José Manuel Seda ... Vigilante
Magdalena Barbero Magdalena Barbero ... Mujer Enfermo
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Storyline

Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the fact that her boyfriend has abandoned her does not help matters. When her father goes to the hospital for an operation, her mother comes to stay with her. Her neighbor, an old recluse whose only friend is his dog, begins to come out of his shell and these three lost souls try to give each other the strength to start over. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Spain | Canada

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Alleine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP 125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€59,500 (Spain), 5 March 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,929, 10 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$367,939, 17 December 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quietly masterful
22 November 2003 | by eadon-comSee all my reviews

Solas is a Spanish story of the interrelationships between a hard drinking thirty five year old woman, her saintly mother, her wicked father and a lonely neighbour. The initial themes deal not only with motherly concepts, but with desperation, alienation and loss of happiness caused by an anonymous world. The tale seems stark and slow at first, and you think, O Lordy, this is a bit bloody grim! But at some indifinable point, you're hooked! Solas is one of the most moving films I've seen. The acting, characterisation and dialogue (as far as I could tell from the subtitles) is priceless. Solas is quietly masterful, a rewarding work of passion. Simply recalling how the characters started out and comparing that with how they ended up is awe inspiring. 10/10


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