Gaudi Afternoon (2001)



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An American abroad finds herself falling in with an eccentric group of fellow expatriates in Spain in this comedy. Cassandra (Judy Davis) is a nomadic American who finds herself stranded in Spain, where she's found temporary work translating books into English. However, Cassandra's limited translating skills are not bringing home the bacon, so when she encounters a strange woman named Frankie (Marcia Gay Harden), she's willing to help her find a missing friend for a price. Cassandra soon discovers Frankie isn't a strange woman after all -- she's a man living as a woman in preparation for a future sex change operation. It seems Frankie's significant other, a seriously butch lesbian named Ben (Lili Taylor), has walked out on her and taken their daughter Delilah (Courtney Jines) with her; Frankie wants Cassandra to help her find the two of them. As it turns out, Ben has moved on to new pastures, becoming involved with April (Juliette Lewis), a head-in-the-clouds bohemian, and with the help of wealthy art patron and part-time magician Hamilton Kincaid (Christopher Bowen), Ben, April, and Delilah are happily squatting in a spare wing at La Pedrera, Spain's best-known gallery. As Cassandra tries to persuade Ben to reconcile with Frankie, she gets fast-talked by Hamilton into performing as part of his magic act. Gaudi Afternoon was directed by Susan Seidelman; it was her first dramatic theatrical feature since Cookie in 1989, after spending over a decade making documentaries and television projects.
R (for language and sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Marcia Gay Harden
as Frankie Stevens
Juliette Lewis
as April Schauer
Judy Davis
as Cassandra Reilly
Lili Taylor
as Ben Harris
Courtney Jines
as Delilah Stevens
Christopher Bowen
as Hamilton Kincaid
Pep Molina
as Paco
Sergi Ruiz
as Carlos
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Critic Reviews for Gaudi Afternoon

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

A kooky, madcap adventure set in Barcelona devolves into a sort of sub -sub-Almodovar picture. Stay for the opening credits, then leave.

Full Review… | March 29, 2003
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For a while, the sheer exoticism of the characters and the setting provides a certain amount of interest, but the film's farcical situations, mostly involving the sexual orientation of its characters, ultimately prove tiresome.

March 24, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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A mildly entertaining gender-bender comedy set in Barcelona, never quite lives up to its excellent cast or the onetime promise of director Susan Seidelman.

March 21, 2003
New York Post
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What should be a soufflé of gender-bending mischief is more like a bowl of oatmeal.

Full Review… | March 20, 2003
New York Times
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Even the crackpot architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi cannot elevate this silly little farce of sexual confusion from director Susan Seidelman and writer James Myhre.

March 20, 2003
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The trumped-up alley-to-plaza intrigue could use more smoke and less mirrors.

Full Review… | March 18, 2003
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Gaudi Afternoon


I wouldn't exactly consider this a shining moment for Judy Davis. It's a great cast...with Marcia Gay Harden as a transgendered individual even. Bet you never thought you'd get the chance to see her peeing while standing, eh? But, it's merely an 'ok' film. Nothing to rush out and grab but better than getting up off the couch and cleaning the bathroom if you happen upon it.

jim d
jim d

Marcia Gay Harden is awesome in this movie by director Susan Seidlman. I had never heard of this comedy so I gave it a try. Funny mystery that involves transexual-lesbian couple who are fighting over their daughter. Judy Davis plays the translator in this comedy-mystery that has many twists and turns. Juliette Lewis and Lilli Taylor bring this feature a B+.

Randy Emerson
Randy Emerson

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