The House of the Spirits (1994)



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Movie Info

Writer/director Bille August adapted the Isabel Allende novel about a South American patriarch who destroys his family as he engages in a military coup to overthrow his (unnamed) country's government.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Isabel Allende, Bille August, Michael Hirst
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
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as Esteban Trueba

as Clara Trueba

as Ferula Trueba

as Esteban Garcia

as Satigny

as Man at Cattle Market

as Young Lady

as Intelligence Officer

as Interrogation Office...

as Soldier

as Indian Girl

as Man in Club

as Man at Party

as Immigration Officer

as Emer Trueba

as Young Clara

as Politician

as Interviewer

as Pedro (as a child)

as Maestro

as Musician

as Woodcarver

as Indian Girl

as Saleswoman

as Father Antonio

as Clara (as a child)

as Oliver

as TV Reporter

as Dr. Caevus
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Spirits

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The flaws aren't fatal. The beauty and brilliance that might have been, don't preclude the quality and bravery that exist on the screen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so... bland? It's a puzzlement.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's always painful when a brilliant book becomes a bust of a movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for The House of the Spirits

Even a high-powered cast cannot save this sketchy depiction of 70 years in the history of an unnamed country (reportedly Chile) as seen by three generations of aristocracy. Not quite an all-out embarrassment, but close.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Shit film, good book.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Wow. I get the feeling the book was not nearly as crappy as this.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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