The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar. …

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The Artist And The Model (El Artista Y La Modelo)

BB.5 (out of 5) A Spanish girl emerges from the bushes on the French side of the border in 1943 and happens upon the country home of an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) and his former model wife (Claudia Cardinale).  She needs money and a place to stay, so she begins to pose for the artist,…

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Calle 54

BBB (out of 5) The music in Fernando Trueba’s tribute to his favourite Latin jazz artists couldn’t be better, but without any personal statements or stories from any of the featured players it emerges only a mildly satisfying documentary that pales in comparison to the delightful Buena Vista Social Club.  However, critics of Wim Wenders’…

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Two Much

BB.5 (out of 5) Antonio Banderas plays an art gallery owner who needs to work up the odd scam to keep paintings moving out of his store: he attends funerals and pretends that the dearly departed recently purchased a painting before passing off, and would the survivors now like to pay for it? On one of…

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Belle Epoque

BBB (out of 5) An army deserter happens upon a farm that houses a man and his four daughters. Immediately offering him shelter, the old man has no idea what trouble he is inviting by introducing this young buck to four girls who have too little exposure to the male element. One by one the…

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Chico & Rita

BBBBB (out of 5) Cuban rhythms of the twentieth century get a whole new life in this gorgeous, animated musical whose bright images and pulsing beats never abate. It tells the fictional but reality-based love story of a pianist and a singer who meet, fall in love, and are separated by circumstances as personal conflicts,…

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