Ay, Carmela! (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Spain/Italy, 1990.  , , .  Screenplay by Carlos Saura, , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The Spanish Civil War is in full swing and two travelling theatrical performers (, ) have to constantly play their cards right to survive the political situation they find themselves in (mostly by quashing their pro-Republican views). When they accidentally wander into enemy territory without realizing it, they are quartered and nearly killed until an Italian Fascist commander intervenes:  he loves the theatre, and agrees to let them go in exchange for a pro-fascist performance.   Maura definitely wants to survive, but isn’t sure if she can compromise her personal beliefs enough to betray her love of theatre in order to save hers and her husband’s lives.

Based on the play by Jose Sanchis Sinisterra, this film is entertaining and provocative but not nearly captivating enough. Considering that it brought together one of Spain’s most popular directors (Carlos Saura) and one of the country’s biggest movie stars (Maura), there should have been a much bigger result.

European Film Award:  Best European Actress (Carmen Maura)
Nominations: Best European Film; European Supporting Actor (Gabino Diego)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1990


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