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Gaudi Afternoon (2001)

Alone in a foreign city, Cassandra must solve a family's darkest, deepest secrets before she can confront her own past.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

James Myhre, Barbara Wilson (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Cassandra
Marcia Gay Harden ... Frankie
Lili Taylor ... Ben
Juliette Lewis ... April
Courtney Jines ... Delilah
María Barranco ... Carmen (as Maria Barranco)
Christopher Bowen ... Hamilton
Pep Molina Pep Molina ... Paco
Víctor Álvaro Víctor Álvaro ... Juan (as Victor Alvaro)
Steve Itkin Steve Itkin ... Harry (voice)
Sergi Ruiz Sergi Ruiz ... Carmen's Older Son
Glòria Casas Glòria Casas ... Carmen's Daughter (as Gloria Casas)
Aitor Extravizz Aitor Extravizz ... Carmen's Son
Glòria Roig Glòria Roig ... Carmen's Mother (as Gloria Roig)
Alexandra Tugues Alexandra Tugues ... La Grande (as Alejandra Tugues)
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Storyline

Cassandra, a solitary writer in Barcelona (a US ex-pat) gets a call for help from a stranger - a stylish woman named Frankie - who wants Cassandra to find her husband, so he can sign some important papers. Nothing Frankie says is true: the husband turns out to be a woman, the issue isn't legal papers but a child's custody, and even Frankie's most obvious identity, in red cape and red pumps, is a false front. But Cassandra keeps at it, at first to earn her promised fee, and then to help Frankie, then Frankie's ex, then the child. Along the way, this solitary and somewhat disconnected and bewildered writer frees herself to finish a novel and re-establish a broken relationship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

As Tardes de Gaudi See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Features the spectacular architecture of Antoni Gaudi. See more »

Quotes

Carmen: [to Cassandra] It's no wonder you can never get a date - sexual confusion.
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Connections

References Damn Yankees (1958) See more »

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Bésame mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez
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Compelling & good acting (near the end things become a little off kilter however)
31 December 2003 | by mrncatSee all my reviews

I was curious to see this film because of Judy Davis and Marcia Gay Harden being in it. I was surprised, then, to see Lili Taylor and Juliette Lewis as well. The acting was admirable on all accounts and Judy Davis played a tough and curious literary woman translator that Davis was able to make likable despite the character being repressed and brittle.

The story worked up until near the end when things got a little ludicrous concerning people meeting up and then the child disappearing and it seemed weirdly frantic at some points. For the most part it was an enjoyable film with surprises now and then. I was quite surprised to learn after I looked up some information later about this film that it was directed by Susan Seidelman as I've liked her work in the past. It's good to know she still has a flair for creating films about women who are put in situations where they begin to questions their lives so far and the decisions they've made.


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