EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|PEPPERMINT FRAPPE (director/writer: Carlos Saura; screenwriters: story by Carlos Saura/Rafael Azcona/Angelino Fons; cinematographer: Luis Cuadrado; editor: Pablo González del Amo; music: Teddy Bautista/Luis de Pablo; cast: Geraldine Chaplin (Elena/Ana), José Luis López Vázquez (Julián), Alfredo Mayo (Pablo), Emiliano Redondo (Arturo), María José Charfole (Child), Francisco Venegas (Child), Pedro Luis Lozano (Child), Víctor Manuel Moreno (Child), Ana María Custodio (Julián's mother), Fernando Sánchez Polack (Patient); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Elías Querejeta; Janus; 1967-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
lesser Vertigo-like tale about a repressed
middle-aged doctor, who is erotically obsessed over
a girl he once saw at a demonstration during his
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Saura ("Carmen"/"Tango"/"Goya in Bordeaux") dedicates his surreal black
comedy film to Luis Bunuel. The art house film gets
past Franco's censors because its subversive gestures
are too subtle. It's a lesser Vertigo-like tale about
a repressed middle-aged doctor, who is erotically
obsessed over a girl he once saw at a demonstration
during his youth. It's based on a story by Saura and
is written by the director, Rafael Azcona and Angelino
Chaplin has a dual role, which she handles well.
Loner, unassuming nice guy,
Julian (José Luis López Vázquez),
is a doctor, running a radiology clinic, living a quiet life of
comfort. Julian works closely with his shy, plain
looking nurse Ana (Geraldine Chaplin). Things stir inside
Julian again when his childhood best friend Pablo
(Alfredo Mayo), an
adventurer, returns from Africa with the youthful,
animated, attractive bride Elena (Geraldine Chaplin), and she rekindles
memories of his ideal woman--a young girl he remembers
playing a ceremonial drum during a Good Friday
ceremony. Julian is convinced Elena was that girl, but
she does not remember such an incident. When Julian
can't seduce Elena, he finds it easier to seduce the
trusting Ana and dresses her to look like Elena.
Julian loses track of reality and his repressions
cause him to become unhinged, as he tragically acts
out his crazed desire when all the film's main
participants converge at his week-end retreat.
allegorical pic compares its psychological thriller
melodrama to the
horrors of the Franco regime on modern society, where
even long-standing friendships come into question and
rationality is jettisoned for extreme reactions.
REVIEWED ON 8/6/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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