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Caniche (1979)

Bernardo and Eloísa are two siblings who belong to the Catalan high bourgeoisie. From their ancestors they have inherited a huge old mansion, practically abandoned, and nothing more. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Bigas Luna

Writers:

Bigas Luna (story), Bigas Luna (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Àngel Jové Àngel Jové ... Bernardo / Brother (as Angel Jové)
Consol Tura Consol Tura ... Eloísa / Sister
Linda Pérez Gallardo Linda Pérez Gallardo ... Dany
Cruz Tobar Cruz Tobar ... Alberto
Sara Grey Sara Grey ... Tía Lina
Marta Molins Marta Molins ... Carmen
Carlos Martos Carlos Martos ... Ejecutivo 1º
Miguel Avilés Miguel Avilés ... Ejecutivo 2º
Werner Delil Werner Delil ... Domesticador
Marcel Ibero Marcel Ibero ... Dentista (as Marcelo Ibero)
Buenaventura Martínez Buenaventura Martínez ... Sacerdote
Manuel Cazorla Manuel Cazorla ... Monaguillo (as Manuel Cazorla 'Cazorlini')
Isabel Heredia Isabel Heredia ... Enfermera / Nurse
Asunción Ruiz Asunción Ruiz ... Peatón / Pedestrian
Natalia Soler-Nou Natalia Soler-Nou ... Peatón / Pedestrian
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Storyline

Bernardo and Eloísa are two siblings who belong to the Catalan high bourgeoisie. From their ancestors they have inherited a huge old mansion, practically abandoned, and nothing more. The rest of his family inheritance has flown. However, they are not willing to show their elitist friends who are in financial trouble. For that reason they pretend to live in style, surrounded by luxuries and comforts, although the sad truth is that they barely have enough to eat and live on the alms of their elderly Aunt Lina. Only Dany, a small poodle dog that lives with them, knows the precarious way of life of their owners. And, curiously, thanks to this dog his problems will be solved. When Lina dies, fulfilling the desire of her nephews to collect her inheritance, she leaves all her fortune to someone unexpected. And from that moment the life of the two them will have to adapt.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 1979 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Poodle See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Production Co:

Figaro Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The end credits list the names of some of the dogs that appear in the film: Dany, Perla, Toy, Macoco, Papi, Melania, Verta, Cero and Sombrita. See more »

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Tristeza de Amor
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
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Two brothers, a little dog, a wonderful film...
17 May 2002 | by MRBICKLESee all my reviews

Bigas Luna is one of the most interesting spanish filmmakers working today, a director always faithful to his own style and his obsessions (mostly food and sex). His movies are sensual (JAMON, JAMON), strange (LA TETA Y LA LUNA), often fascinating (LA CAMARERA DEL TITANIC), sometimes disappointing (HUEVOS DE ORO). But here I'm talking only about his most modern films (from LOLA or ANGUSTIA, more or less), his first movies were completely different and CANICHE is one of them.

Like BILBAO, CANICHE is disturbing, ugly, dirty, sordid, but also strangely beautiful. Is like poetry extracted from ugliness... It tells the story of 2 brothers, Bernardo (Àngel Jové, the lead from BILBAO) and Eloisa (Consol Tura), who live alone in a huge mansion and as result from an inheritance, begin to hate each other... Their little dog, a white poodle ('caniche' in spanish) becomes the unusual witness of this situation, just like us, and the real lead of the film.

An excellent film very similar to BILBAO and an example of how talented but how different Luna was in the late 70's. And yes, he was better...


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