A sublimely beautiful and moving study of a young girl’s fascination with her secretive father.
Omero Antonutti, Lola Cardona, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollaín
Spain 1983. 95min
Set in northern Spain in the 1950s, Erice’s immaculate, insightful exploration of a young girl’s changing attitudes to her adored but mysterious father is a lyrical psychological study packed with political and philosophical resonance. The exquisite and eloquent images – often reminiscent of Spanish still-life painting – create an enclosed, sometimes comforting, sometimes oppressive world haunted by painful secrets and unspoken emotions.
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