20 October 2004 | luiza do brasil
How to make the most out of a co-production
If you want a lesson on how to make the most out of a co-production between 2 countries which share (more or less) the same language, this film is a primer.
Expertly baptized with a catchy title (The Whore and the Whale), the film does achieve its aim of explaining the title (perhaps an overkill in that department), and deliver some good cinema for two hours with three locales, two time frames, interesting characters, with even some tango, Spanish civil war, and breast cancer education thrown in.
The dialogs are excellent. But their greatest value will get lost in subtitles. They highlight the contrasting language, particularly slang (period vulgar expressions and brothel language) between Continental and Argentinian Spanish. The relation between the characters and the two time periods, while seeming far fetched at first, end up rather nicely. The visuals of Patagonia, and the cinematography and art direction are all top notch. Highly recommended