Caresses (1998)

VENTURA PONS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Caricies

Spain1998.  Els Films de la Rambla, Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura, Televisió de Catalunya, Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Ventura Pons, , based on the play by Sergi Belbel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Ventura Pons.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.  

Excellent human drama from Spanish director Ventura Pons has a Ronde-like plot that only helps make the drama richer. The film is a circular collection of two-character scenes, where the player from the previous scene moves on to interact with a new figure in the next scene, then that new person continues to the next scene and so on, with every different situation emphasizing the lack of affection going on between people in this overcrowded and disaffected world. Pons’ direction with his actors is deft, and all the lovely faces involved (especially  and newcomer as her son) perform at the top of their abilities.

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