Talk of Angels (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance, War

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A young Irishwoman becomes governess to 3 daughters of a rich family in Spain in 1936, just before the civil war. The mom likes Franco - the dad doesn't. She becomes family. She befriends 5 Irishwomen.




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13 September 2013 | SnoopyStyle
| romance in troubled times
It's the 1930's. Young Irish woman Mary Lavelle (Polly Walker) comes to Spain to work as governess in the Areavaga family. Political tension is pressuring the wealthy family. The married son Francisco (Vincent Perez) is politically active, and falls for Mary. The father Dr. Vicente (Franco Nero) is sympathetic but endeavors to stay moderate. Mary is unsure about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland.

Interestingly, it features Frances McDormand in a minor role as another Irish governess, and Penélope Cruz as one of the daughters. Franco Nero is giving tremendous depth to the movie. Polly Walker seems a bit too old for the role. The character is better served to have younger more naive 20something.

The production value could be better. It feels like a higher end made-for-TV movie. The backdrop of Spanish political instability adds a great deal of tension. Without a doubt, this is a soapy romance. Sometimes, it's abrupt like pages are missing from a book. And the ending isn't that satisfying with many questions left unanswered.

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Release Date:

30 October 1998


English, Spanish

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,876 1 November 1998

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