Malena Is a Name from a Tango

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A strangely detached and self-conscious, but surprisingly involving melodrama, which follows Malena (Gil) from childhood, through her adolescent obsession with a girl-chasing German cousin, and a raunchy but uncommitted relationship with a macho womaniser, to marriage to a loving but dull husband. Malena thinks there's bad blood in the family, and she's got it, unlike her well-behaved twin Reina. Is she too non-conformist ever to find happiness? An arresting take on the social and psychological obstacles faced by free-spirited women in a patriarchal world, it's helped no end by Ariadna Gil's versatile, charismatic performance.

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Director: Gerardo Herrero
Screenwriter: Senel Paz
Cast: Ariadna Gil
Marta Belaustegui
Carlos López
Luis Fernando Alvés
Isabel Otero
Marina Saura