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Solas (1998) [Jul. 7th, 2008|06:43 pm]
Spanish Language Films


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Director: Benito Zambrano
Starring: Maria Galiana, Ana Fernandez
Country: Spain

This film’s title is a Spanish word that means alone, which fits the film perfectly since the film is ultimately about loneliness.

The film tells the story of a young woman, Maria, who has just been visited by her mother. Maria’s father has just moved into a hospital in the city, and his wife has decided to stay with his daughter in order to visit her husband. At first this might seem like the picture of a close family, but that’s far from the case. The relationship between Maria and her mother is tense at best, and the relationship between Maria’s parents doesn’t seem much better. Maria’s father appears to be controlling and domineering in his treatment of his wife and daughter.

All of this seems to have made Maria feel angry and feel misanthropic towards those around her. She drinks, steals, and has difficulty dealing with others. On top of that she’s pregnant and the father of her child has pretty much abandoned her.

This leads to a film that's about loneliness even though there are other people around. The trouble with these people is being able to make a real connection with others.

Having her mother around doesn't seem to make much of an impact in Maria's life. Her mother attempts to care for her, but doesn’t' seem to able to get a positive reaction from her daughter. Furthermore, Maria's mother seems very lonely as well because of the fact that her husband’s personality seems to have isolated her. Maria's mother then seems to appreciate the small friendship that she develops with an old man who living in Maria's apartment who lives alone with only his dog as a companion.

While Maria is certainly the protagonist of the movie, the other characters often seem equally important and serve to represent different forms of loneliness. Obviously, this is a very sad film, but one that presents a vivid picture of people trying to reach out from the lonely world that they have made for themselves and form some type of connection.

[User Picture]From: jonchiz67
2008-07-08 02:44 pm (UTC)
Okay, great. I'll put it in my Netflix queue.

Just remember, when writing a film review, one of the most basic rules of criticism is to include your opinion. ;)

Serioulsy, thanks for writing the review and recommending the film. And for posting in this community.
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[User Picture]From: orpheus78
2008-07-08 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting. One of my goals this summer is to watch more Spanish language films, which I haven't been able to do a whole lot because of school.
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[User Picture]From: happy_in_grey
2008-07-09 07:19 am (UTC)
keep writing about the films you like!!
(one of my goals is not to forget spanish and i don't want to watch soap operas, while there are so many good films :)
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[User Picture]From: jonchiz67
2008-07-10 03:47 am (UTC)
Good luck.

I recently saw "Only Human." That was a fun Spanish film. Kind of like "Meet the Parents" except with a Spanish/Jewish/Palestinian twist.
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[User Picture]From: orpheus78
2008-07-10 04:34 am (UTC)
Only Human does sound good. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
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