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La Spagnola (2001)

  Directed by: Steve Jacobs
Written by: Anna Maria Monticelli
Starring: Alice Ansara, Lourdes Bartolomé, Lola Marceli, Silvio Ofria, Simon Palomares
Links: La Spagnola on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Fairly odd" - a review by pearly

La Spagnola is an odd little thing. It's about a girl, Lucia (Alice Ansara), attempting to grow into a normal woman after her father leaves her mother. Set in Australia during what I am presuming is the fifties, the lead characters belong to a Spanish-descended family, with Lucia's father Ricardo (Simon Palomares) leaving to be with an Australian woman.

The Spanish community rallies around Lola (Lola Marceli), aka La Spagnola, shunning Ricardo for what is seen as his betrayal of them. Lucia is left feeling unhappy and stuck in the middle.

The thing about La Spagnola is that it's just one bizarre occurance after another. The characters are, on the whole, not very nice to one another, and only look out for themselves. And the flow of the plot makes you begin to wonder what exactly the point of the film is. It just moves along randomly, and doesn't do much to make you care about any of the characters along the way. It doesn't even really build to its conclusion - the ending just kinda happens all of a sudden, and the motivation behind everything was completely lost on me.

I am further annoyed, as the first year I wanted to vote at the AFI Awards, they screened this film on Father's Day, and I had to miss out, meaning I couldn't vote at all. And after all that, it wasn't even good enough to deserve my vote. Nuts to that.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 18 Nov 2004

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