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Más allá del jardín (1996)

Palmira, a woman belonging to the Sevillian aristocracy, as well known for her decrepitude and hypocrisy as the rest of her population, enters into an emotional crisis when she reaches maturity.

Director:

Pedro Olea

Writers:

Mario Camus, Antonio Gala (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Concha Velasco ... Palmira
Fernando Guillén ... Willy
Manuel Bandera ... Tario
Andrea Occhipinti ... Ugo
Ingrid Rubio ... Helena
Miguel Hermoso Arnao Miguel Hermoso Arnao ... Alex (as Miguel Hermoso)
Martirio Martirio ... Mencia
Mary Carrillo ... Ama
Claudia Gravy ... Doctora Dubois (as Claudia Gravi)
Mercedes Alonso ... Isa Bustos
Giancarlo Giannini ... Bernardo
Goya Toledo ... Teresa
María Galiana ... Ramona
Germán Cobos ... Alvaro Larra
Carmen de la Maza Carmen de la Maza ... Soledad
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Palmira, a woman belonging to the Sevillian aristocracy, as well known for her decrepitude and hypocrisy as the rest of her population, enters into an emotional crisis when she reaches maturity.

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Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Garden See more »

Filming Locations:

Casamance, Senegal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Catherine Deneuve was in talks to play the female lead. See more »

Soundtracks

Agua dulce, agua salá
Written by Estéfano, Edgardo Donato & H.S. Batt
Performed by Julio Iglesias
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Somewhat unconvincing after the novel
29 January 2001 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

A wealthy Sevillan woman finds her world crumbling around her, and with it all the social values her supposed high-ranking position had imbued in her. Concha Velasco does a fair job of throwing out her unfaithful husband who indulges in adventures, and forthwith has her own fling, holding her dying mother's hand, weeping over her son's body on the freeway and getting used to the idea of her daughter being pregnant.....all in the space of what seems to be just a few days. Any try at reducing a novel to barely 90 minutes screen time can be a risky matter: in this case the film just does not totally convince - it is not coherent enough.

But what if.....Mario Camus had been the director instead of the scriptwriter, albeit with Antonio Gala's approval, clutching, as always, his gold-ferruled walking stick? What if Valcárcel or even Rafael Azcona had done the script? The result as it stands is a film which falls back on the ever-useful trick of using tremendism, when such ingredient is totally missing in the novel. The ubiquitous fatalism is present, though it tends to be somewhat ephimeral in the film, which was probably a good idea given the condensing imposed in its making.

Anyway, the film is quite provoking and has some excellent scenes. Probably Concha Velasco's best performance since she played Santa Teresa in a Spanish TV series around 1984. I just cannot fathom out what all those poor people in Rwanda made of a whole film-crew working in the middle of their dreadful war....


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