The Shanghai Spell (2002)

  |  Drama, Mystery

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A fourteen year old lad discovers his first love at the point of his pencil whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year old girl. In the neighbourhood an old ... See full summary »

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4 March 2006 | LeRoyMarko
| Another great story by Trueba
Fernando Trueba knows how to tell a story. And more importantly for cinema lovers, he also knows how to make it visually compelling. The story might be a bit twisted, you might have a bit of difficulty to follow exactly what's going on, but the movie is still worth watching. The cast is superb. Fernando Fernán Gomez is great as the old captain who's more lucid than he appears to be. Ariadna Gil is sublime in her role. Both Fernando Tielve and Aida Folch are to be remembered, because I'm sure we'll see more of them in the future. Another thing I liked about this movie is the photography. Trueba makes good use of black and white and keeps shifting the screen format from one scene to the other. And I really liked the ending. See for yourself.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on March 4th, 2006.

82/100 (***)

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Plot Summary


Drama | Mystery


Release Date:

12 April 2002


Spanish, Catalan

Country of Origin

Spain, France, UK

Filming Locations

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€518,960 (Spain) (14 April 2002)

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