El Sur (The South) (1988)
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as Estrella (age 8)
as Estrella (age 15)
as Irene Rios' Co-star
as Dona Rosario
Critic Reviews for El Sur (The South)
Víctor Erice's El Sur, shimmers and quivers like the cinematic jewel it is, or like the brilliantly flashing silver star on the heroine's ring finger.
It's a haunting, delicate portrait of childhood, with a father who oozes mystery.
Another hour was planned before funding was cut, yet the ellipses only add to its hushed, haunting mystery: even in its "unfinished" state, the final movement is little short of heartbreaking.
Audience Reviews for El Sur (The South)
for the time being i will continue to write my thoughts on films here but i'm disturbed by the imminent changes/corporate bullshit so we'll see how long this lasts. victor erice made one of the finest films of the 70s, the acclaimed 'spirit of the beehive,' then took a break of nearly 10 years, only to return with another haunting masterpiece in 'el sur.' once again the story of a young girl's relationship with her emotionally distant and mysterious father unfolds magically. beautiful chiaroscuro lighting effects and playful references abound (note the many stars in the film echoing our protagonist's name, estrella). and once again erice uses the device of a film within a film in passing (in this case htichcock's 'shadow of a doubt'). originally meant to run 3 hours, the film was only half completed when funding dried up but it doesn't suffer for that: it's wonderful and more than deserves a remaster and proper dvd release
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