A low-budget costumer set in 19th-century Cantabria, northern Spain, Pedro Telechea’s debut, “The Winter of the Fairies,” takes a textbook idea — rich girl rebels against family — and does absolutely nothing new with it. An implausible plot, shaky pacing and C-grade dialogue quickly combine to throttle the project, in which the scenery and enchanting screen presence of Elena Anaya are not adequate counterbalances. Even the presence of floppy-haired heart-throb Eduardo Noriega failed to aid local B.O. on release in mid-May; offshore, pic’s chances are negligible beyond fest dates.
Doe-eyed Adelaida (Anaya) meets fisherman Eusebio (Noriega), who is then promptly drafted for the Spanish-Cuban war. When news comes back of Eusebio’s death, Adelaida refuses to believe he’s dead, which leads her repressive family to incarcerate her in a loony bin, where she realizes she can do some good in the world. Pic uncomfortably straddles melodrama and realism without settling into either mode, and plot is coincidence-heavy. Only some pretty lensing and occasionally memorable atmospherics provided by the stunning scenery offer respite.