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Common Wealth (2000)

La comunidad (original title)
The accidental discovery of a big fortune hidden in the apartment of a deceased man will fill the heart of a real estate agent with greed and dreams of a luxurious life, but the neighbours think otherwise.

Director:

Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

Jorge Guerricaechevarría (as Jorge Guerricaecheverria), Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Julia
Eduardo Antuña Eduardo Antuña ... Charly
María Asquerino ... Encarna (as Maria Asquerino)
Jesús Bonilla ... Ricardo (as Jesus Bonilla)
Marta Fernández Muro ... Paquita (as Marta Fernandez Muro)
Paca Gabaldón ... Hortensia (as Paca Gabaldon)
Ane Gabarain Ane Gabarain ... Karina
Sancho Gracia ... Castro
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Emilio (as Emilio Gutierrez Caba)
Kiti Mánver ... Dolores (as Kiti Manver)
Terele Pávez ... Ramona (as Terele Pavez)
Roberto Perdomo Roberto Perdomo ... Oswaldo
Manuel Tejada Manuel Tejada ... Chueca
Enrique Villén ... Domínguez (as Enrique Villen)
Gorka Aguinagalde Gorka Aguinagalde ... Camillero 1
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Storyline

Julia finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's house while selling an apartment. She's a 40-ish real estate agent now forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community (of neighbors), headed by an unscrupulous administrator. Black humor gives way to suspense, closely followed by horror that doesn't take long in coming to a head in undisguised pandemonium. Written by ElianaG

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Una agente inmobiliaria con suerte... Un cadáver descompuesto... Una comunidad de vecinos codiciosos... 300 millones escondidos debajo de una baldosa... Algo huele a podrido en esta casa. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comunidade See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the last third of the film, when Julia is searching a way to exit the building, she skips through the dead rich man's diaries and several maps of the house can be seen. But one of the last ones, on the left page, is a drawing of the comic book "13, Rue del Percebe" by Spanish artist Francisco Ibañez. See more »

Quotes

Julia: So kill me, too and stop boring me with your sermons. You're a fraud and a thief, like me, like everybody.
Emilio: No, I'm not a thief. I'm not a thief. I have a right to it, I do. We did the sports lottery together. I helped him guess the scores. He asked me for advice. He said..."Sporting against Real Sociedad"... And I... I... I said..."Tie". I don't know, it just came out of my mouth. No one else in Spain marked "Tie". Just me. I said, "Tie". When I heard he'd won the jackpot, I was glad. I swear I...
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Wait
Composed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as D. Pérez Prado)
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Pérez Prado) & his Orchestra
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Great dark comedy thriller
10 May 2003 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Alex De La Iglesia is one of a triumvirate of Spanish directors whose deliciously black comedies have found a sizeable audience outside of Spain (the other two being Bigas Luna and the master Pedro Almodovar). Iglesia's debut ACCIONE MUTANTE was a wonderfully perverse low budget sci-fi parody, but it was his super-dark horror comedy THE DAY OF THE BEAST that first brought him international recognition, and a brief and unlikely stab at Hollywood with the entertaining PERDITA DURANGO.

LA COMMUNIDAD shows that Iglesia has matured a *lot* as a film maker, and feels much slicker and more accomplished than his earlier films. Carmen Maura (Spain's finest actress) plays an estate agent with a gift for telling lies, who discovers a stash of money in an appartment she has to show to some clients. She thinks this is what her life has been waiting for, but she doesn't count on THE COMMUNITY that inhabits the appartment building.

LA COMMUNIDAD is a wonderful thing - a horror movie about ordinary people. Forget mutants, satanists or the devil himself - none of these are as scary as the guy next door! Iglesia brings out the darkest side of our human nature, bringing out delicious black comedy, horror and thriller elements without the need to invoke anything supernatural or fantastical.

Iglesia's direction is assured - helped no doubt by having a veteren like Maura in the lead role. The pacing of the film is spot on, and the atmosphere and tension is built to great effect. The film is creepy, crazy and builds to real edge of the seat tension. The characters are all wonderful, and the cast give great performances. A great piece of work!

9/10


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