Blancanieves (12A)

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Blancanieves

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Mon Jul 8 2013

Silent film tribute meets Grimm gothic melodrama in this enchanting black and white feature that begins in 1920s Seville. Soon after a prize bullfighter is paralysed, his wife dies in childbirth. New wife Encarna is every inch the evil stepmother to young Carmen, though father and daughter still find time to bond over bullfighting training. And what’s that? A band of bullfighting dwarves waiting around the corner?

Yes, this is the Snow White story, Spanish style. As it moves from Plaza de Toros to palacio, the story is told with an eye for high Hispanic drama, revelling in theatrical costumes and an orchestral and flamenco-driven soundtrack. Title cards are used sparingly, and the cast is strong. Maribel Verdú (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) is a chilling and darkly humorous stepmother while Daniel Giménez Cacho (‘Bad Education’) brings poignancy as the regretful father, imprisoned by a wheelchair yet liberated by his child (played appealingly by Macarena García and later Sofía Oria). The running time is a bit indulgent, but the journey is delightful. If you were looking for Spain’s answer to ‘The Artist’, here it is.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 12, 2013

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Pablo Berger

Screenwriter:

Pablo Berger

Cast:

Maribel Verdu, Ángela Molina, Daniel Giménez Cacho

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Jim Heinemann

This silent, black and white movie is in no way a device or a gimmick (cf The Artist) it is the perfect way to tell this story - it is dark, funny, compelling and moving. Bull fighting is horrid but this film takes you to the heart of the Spanish relationship with it.

Jim Heinemann

This silent, black and white movie is in no way a device or a gimmick (cf The Artist) it is the perfect way to tell this story - it is dark, funny, compelling and moving. Bull fighting is horrid but this film takes you to the heart of the Spanish relationship with it.

RPH

Beautiful film, portrays a lovely 1920's Seville, a strong and bold female heroine as a torera, and as as is to be expected of a Spanish flm, has plenty of drama with spliced in light moments of humor and music.