El Mar (2003)

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Agusti Villaronga directs this intensely morbid love story about fascist executions, disease, bloody animal abuse, and violent homoeroticism. Set in a small village on the island of Mallorica during the Spanish civil war, four children witness the execution of leftists at the hands of pro-Franco villagers. In a desperate act of revenge, one of the children kills the son of the lead executioner. Ten years later, the three survivors of the incident find themselves recuperating in a sanitarium. Fragile Manuel (Bruno Bergonzini), who suffers from TB, has fervently embraced Christianity, while violent Andreu (Roger Casamajor), who also suffers from the disease, boasts about his womanizing exploits while secretly longing for Morell (Juli Mira), an elderly male black marketeer. The third survivor is Francisca (Antonia Torrens) who, after losing her virginity to Andreu, became a nun working as a nurse at the institute. As the two young men's sickness deepens, they grow increasingly tormented. Manuel violently reacts to his attraction to Andreu by growing even more fanatically religious, while Andreu's sexual frustration results in him brutally killing a cat. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Bruno Bergonzini
as Manuel Tur
Roger Casamajor
as Andreu Ramallo
Antònia Torrens
as Sor Francisca
Juli Mira
as Don Eugeni Morell
Simón Andreu
as Alcantara
Ángela Molina
as Carmen Onaindía
David Lozano
as Munuel Tur, niño
Nilo Mur
as Andreu Ramallo, niño
Tony Miquel Vanrell
as Paul Inglada
Victoria Verger
as Sor Francisco, niña
Sergi Moreno
as Julia Ballester
Maria del Mar Bonet
as Madre de Manuel
Blai Llopis
as Padre de Manuel
Nicolau Colom
as Sureda
Carles Cuevas
as Josep Tous
Sebastia Rossello
as Mateu Clar
M. Ángel Jiménez
as Toni Segui
Toustrog
as Justo Pastor
Mario Torrecilla
as Mateu Clareda
Joan Bibiloni
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for El Mar

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Too portentous, overheated, flashy, derivative and implausible for its own good.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

a depressing concept, but it makes for interesting stories

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for El Mar

½

Well, I thought the film was in Spanish at first, and I kept on thinking I was going crazy until I realized the Catalonians were doing their thing again and tricking me (Joder!). I finally input subtitles, and I didn't want to go back since I was lazy, so this reviewer has the beginning of this movie understood sort of blurry... Agusti Villaronga's other film Tras el Cristal was highly controversial, dark, harrowing - basically my taste - so I thought I'd give this a go, and who wouldn't given the awesome cover? However, I was treated yet again to another war-tied story, and those sort of films usually bore me, reminding me of school. Nevertheless, it was quite a treat: constant deaths, forbidden love, sexual desire, religious mania, hetero- and homoflexibility!! Yeah - you can say that the story's an excuse for presenting violence while developing characters just to prepare that one scene where a guy is about to semi-rape another guy demanding, "I'm not going to leave until I've cum all over your face." Overall, a decent stab at presenting everything; an above average gay-themed film. The metaphors were uninteresting though, the story a bit in need of condensing, and the majority of the people will hate how it ends.

Richard Cranium
Richard Cranium

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