The Winter of the Fairies

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.

With:
With: Elena Anaya, Eduardo Noriega, Juan Diego, Elvira Minguez, Ana Gracia. Antonio Resines

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.

The Winter of the Fairies

Spain

Production: A Nirvana Films release of a Creaccion/Amanda Films/Alma Ata Intl. Pictures production, in association with TVE, Canal Plus. (International sales: Alma Ata, Madrid.) Executive producers, Rodolfo Monteiro de Palacio, Jose Maria Calleja de la Fuente. Directed by Pedro Telechea. Screenplay, Telechea, Diego Modino.

Crew: Camera (color), Angel Luis Fernandez; editor, Luis Villar; music, Mario de Benito. Reviewed at Cine Renoir Plaza de Espana, Madrid, May 15, 2000. Original title: El invierno de las anjanas. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Elena Anaya, Eduardo Noriega, Juan Diego, Elvira Minguez, Ana Gracia. Antonio Resines

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