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Children of the Wind Los Hijos Del Viento

Magaly is about to leave the Canary Islands for a new life in Panama when Fernando arrives, ostensibly to wish her well before they part forever.

Magaly is about to leave the Canary Islands for a new life in Panama when Fernando arrives, ostensibly to wish her well before they part forever.

But Fernando — whose marriage, we suspect, is not going well when he tosses away his wedding ring during the cab ride in from the airport — has a different agenda. For reasons that are supposed to run deep but appear mostly connected to his libido, he wants to remake his life with Magaly. The repercussions of a secret tragedy and Magaly’s tendency to bed every woman she knows make this an unlikely prospect.

As an incorrigible flirt who runs on rum and sex, Santana bursts with spontaneity and cruelty, making Magaly desirable to men and women alike. Helmer Merinero’s awkward perf — including a scene in which he simulates sex with a stuffed Mickey Mouse doll — is brave to the point of masochism.

Although lensing favors movement and energy, pic has a workaday look. Pic is entertaining in its emotional excesses but is marred by unfortunate use of the trite song “Feelings” at two emotional junctures.

Children of the Wind Los Hijos Del Viento

(Spanish -- Melodrama -- Color)

Production: An El Mecanismo Encantado production, with participation of Canal Plus Espana. Executive producer, Juan Vicente Casanova. #Directed, written by Fernando Merinero. Camera (color), Chechu Graf; editor, Jesus Estanislao Sanchez; music, Jose Miguel Martinez; sound, Aitor Berenguer. Reviewed at Espace Saint-Michel, Paris, May 2, 1995. (In Cannes Film Festival -- Critics Week.) Running time: 113 min. Magaly ... Magaly Santana Fernando ... Fernando Merinero Neli ... Felicitas Garcia Marga ... Rosa Estevez La Nati ... Lidia Herrera Part B movie, part art film, part soft-core titillation, "Children of the Wind" has something for everyone -- except discerning viewers with high standards for contemporary melodrama. Overwrought proceedings are made watchable by a razzle-dazzle central perf from Magaly Santana as a flippant, freewheeling lesbian who's cavalier toward the women in her life while mercilessly teasing the straight male lawyer who yearns to be her companion. Oddball tone will be welcome at fests, and frank sexual interludes should give pic legs on video. Many will find Magaly (Santana), the vivacious, emotionally bruised central character, irresistible; others will find her self-involved and immoral to the point of distaste. The Cuban firecracker had been sprung from a Spanish jail six years earlier by hotshot Madrid lawyer Fernando (helmer-scripter Fernando Merinero).

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