Tag Archives: Spanish mainstream cinema

Highbrow destape: “La muchacha de las bragas de oro” [1980 Spain]

If Vicente Aranda’s groundbreaking exploration of sexual identity in “Cambio de sexo” made destape (a Spanish ‘Glasnost’ of sorts during and after Dictator Franco’s final years, when censorship was relaxed) purposeful, his next feature, “La muchacha de las bragas … Continue reading

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A short holiday: “Isla Bonita” [2015 Spain]

Veteran Spanish filmmaker Fernando Colomo not only writes and directs, but also plays one of the central characters in his latest romantic comedy, “Isla Bonita” [Eng. Title: Pretty Island].
The film is set in the island of Menorca, where sculptor Nuria … Continue reading

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A film review: “Palmeras en la nieve” [2015 Spain]

Fernando González Molina has made a commendable effort in recreating colonial Africa for his latest film, “Palmeras en la nieve” [Eng. Title: Palm trees in the Snow], a saga encompassing the final years of Spain’s tiny toehold in sub-Saharan … Continue reading

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A film review: “El Clan” [2015 Argentina]

Pablo Trapero’s films have always been gutsy and raw on the outside, with just the right amount of melancholy to reflect on the complexities of human nature within. His recent drama, “El Clan” [Eng. Title: The Clan] is loosely … Continue reading

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Positivity can be infectious: “ma ma” [2015 Spain]

After Room in Rome. it has taken five years for the redoubtable Julio Medem to come up with a new full-length feature, and while it has a simple and more straightforward narrative when compared to his earlier works, “ma ma” … Continue reading

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