Pic recounts a story of utter simplicity, or at least it seems simple in its plot and characterizations; in fact, it is buoyed by outstanding performances all around, a script which is sensitive, eloquent and pointed, and flawless direction, cinematography and editing.

Pic recounts a story of utter simplicity, or at least it seems simple in its plot and characterizations; in fact, it is buoyed by outstanding performances all around, a script which is sensitive, eloquent and pointed, and flawless direction, cinematography and editing.

Story concerns an exiled Spanish novelist and Nobel prize-winner reminiscent of Ramon Sender who returns to his native town (Gijon, a coastal city in northern Asturias province) after 40 years for a two-day trip into the past. The reason is that he’s terminally ill.

The writer pensively walks about the town, looks up an old girlfriend from the pre-war days who’s now running an art gallery, watches a soccer game, and is showered with honors. He and the now aged lady reminisce about a dance where they met while the band played ‘Begin the Beguine’.

Though subject is maudlin and once or twice director Jose Luis Garci veers rather close to the lachrymose, helmer succeeds in keeping the story upbeat, partly through use of some nicely-limned comic releif via an obsequious hotel clerk.

1982: Best Foreign Language Film

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Spain

Production

Nickel Odeon. Director Jose Luis Garci; Producer Jose Esteban Alenda, Angel Llorente (execs.); Screenplay Jose Luis Garci, Angel Llorente; Camera Manuel Rojas; Editor Miguel Gonzales Sinde; Art Director Gil Parrondo

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Antonio Ferrandis Encarna Paso Jose Bodalo Agustin Gonzalez Pablo Hoyo Marta Fernandez Muro
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