Life meets art in this wistful film about a director whose physical powers are in decline as he recalls the passions that gave him meaning and hope. Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz reunite with Pedro Almodóvar in his most personal movie to date.
The latest, wonderful film from Pedro Almodóvar asks what a director does when he runs into a creative blockage…Banderas excels in Almodóvar’s personal drama…a take on Fellini’s 8½. – Irish Times ★★★★★
The director delivers another sensuous and deeply personal gem as Antonio Banderas’s ageing film-maker faces up to death. – The Guardian.★★★★
Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation) intimately painful and powerfully acted drama centres on a shocking crime that interrupts a family wedding. Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Laura (Cruz) returns to Spain with her children for her sister’s wedding. There she is reunited with her former lover Paco (Bardem) now happily married and running a successful vineyard on land once owned by Laura’s family. Whilst Laura’s husband, Alejandro (Ricardo Darín) stayed behind in Argentina, an old rumour of her jilting Paco reignites. Moreover, within Laura’s family, resentment simmers over the manner in which Paco acquired the vineyard.
A seething mystery unfurls as secrets, lies and unhealed wounds spanning generations are brought to light. Everybody Knows is an unforgettable portrait of love, loss, and betrayal.
This is Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s eighth feature and his first in Spanish.
Explores the unhealed wound at the heart of a Spanish family with pitiless efficiency and sheer muscular flair…the performances are so intelligent, mature and yet uninhibited…Farhadi’s storytelling has overpowering force. – The Guardian ★★★★
The characters, observations and performances make this film shine. – The Independent ★★★★★
Six-year-old Frida faces the death of her parents and integration into a new nuclear family during a long Catalonian summer. Beguiling, unsentimental and deeply personal.
Winner, Best First Feature, Berlin Film Festival 2017.
In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister she has to take care of and must deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems.
The family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment.
Stunning drama of a childhood ripped apart…Carla Simón’s brilliantly realised story of a six-year-old traumatised by the death of her parents features miraculous child performances. – The Guardian★★★★★
A film that movingly looks at an orphaned six-year-old’s loneliness and confusion without the usual dip into sentimentality. – Variety
Childhood memoirs always are under threat from self-indulgence and sentimentality, but 1993 successfully sidesteps both, establishing Simon as a talent to watch. A delicately crafted, moving filmic memoir. True and captivating. – The Hollywood Reporter
Spain, 2017 |Language: Catalan | 97 minutes | Cert: CLUB