La Spagnola


Time Out says

An oddball heightened realist comedy, La Spagnola is set in the pastel '60s and centres on volatile Spanish immigrant Lola, her inconstant Italian husband and their late-teenage daughter living in industrial New South Wales. Daughter Lucia keeps family photographs lightly buried in the garden, next to her pigeon loft; perhaps she senses her daddy, whom she adores, is about to leave home with the family savings and mum will soon bake the pigeons in a pie. Lusciously shot by Steve Arnold, this is a piece of social observation disguised as farce, given a wash of post-Campion Australian surrealism. As sexually rumbustious ethnic drama, it gallops through the clichés, but doesn't run deep.


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