13 April 2019 | ma-cortes
Heartbreaking melodrama with nice settings, evocative cinematography and great performances
Second version based on a prestigious novel by José Maria Segarra . Set in the fifties and it deals with a notorious surgeon and cardiologíst called Enrique Molinos , Fernando Guillen , married to Isabel , Mercedes San Prieto , a marriage whose life has been turning apart long time ago . The point of no return came when their only daughter , Cayetana Guillen Cuervo, has made up his mind to become a nun at a convent run by an understanding Superior Mother , Julia Gutierrez Caba . This one causes father's reject making the gap between the isolated marriage grow deeper . As she has an excessive religious devotion and she is going to travel as a missionary at Ruanda , Africa , while her daddy has a complete and extreme lack of faith . Then, the unhappy couple utterly falling apart , and the animosity between the marriage is enhaced when the wife finds her husband's infedility with a lover , Beatriz Santana .
Dramatic and heart-rending religious drama about a couple in crisis drifting apart over time due to husband's infedility , as they have strong disagreements and an ill daughter , though Enrique attempts to be conciliatory , but the sad events are accentuated at the end . Based on homonymous play by José Maria Segarra with script by Jose Luis Garci himself and his usual writer Horacio Valcarcel , concerning a twisted story of suffering and redemption . Here José Luis Garcí adds some characters as the servants , Neus Asensi ,Maria Massip, introducing some humor and paying tribute to broadcasting with roles hearing Radio of the fifties. In addition , Garcí presents some changes from original , as replacing a priest by a nun and substituting a son by a daughter . Here Garci regarding and delving into the troublesome labyrinth of the Catholic drama . This is a light and tímid melodrama compared to first version , the excessive and passional Mexican , Spanish drama La Herida Luminosa 1956 directed by Tulio Demicheli with Arturo de Córdoba , Amparo Rivelles ,and a young José Maria Rodero playing the priest son .
It packs a colorful and evocative photography by Raul Perez Cubero . Being shot in Toledo , Madrid , Santander , Monasterio de La Vid , Burgos and Asturias . Asturias was the gorgeous location where Garci shot various films similar to Gonzalo Suarez. Adding adequate settings and appropriate production design by the Oscar winner Gil Parrondo . Furthermore , a sensitive and touching score by Manuel Balboa. Produced by Enrique Cerezo and Nickel Odeon , an important production company created by Jose Luis Garci himself and also prints film books and magazines . The motion picture was well directed by José Luis Garci. He is a good writer and filmmaker . He has written scripts for other directors as El crónicon , La mujer es cosa de hombres , No es bueno que el hombre este solo , Una gota de sangre para vivir amando, La noche de los 100 pájaros , Los nuevos Españoles . His film debut was Asignatura pendiente with José Sacristan, Fiorella Faltoyano , following : Solos en la madrugada, Las verdes praderas , Asignatura aprobada , Sesión continua , Crack I , Crack II with Alfredo Landa , and the trilogy written by famous writers , formed by Canción de cuna written by Gregorio Martínez Sierra , El abuelo by Benito Pérez Galdos and La Herida Luminosa written by José Maria Segarra. Garcí greatest hit was the Oscarized Volver a empezar . Nowadays , he is shooting El crack III with Carlos Santos . Rating 7/10 . Better than average . Decent religious drama and well worth watching