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The Grandfather (El Abuelo) (1998)

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THE GRANDFATHER tells the story of love, friendship, honor and betrayal within one powerful family spanning three generations. Director Jose Luis Garci's tale is set within the rich historical context of turn of the century Spain. The old Count of Albrit, now penniless and almost blind, returns from Peru where he has lost his large fortune. While he is pleased to meet his charming granddaughters, Nelly and Dolly, he is burdened by a secret that surrounds them. When the Count was still in America, his only son died. Upon his death, his few belongings, including an unfinished letter, were shipped to the Count. The letter informed the Count that his daughter-in-law, the beautiful Lucrecia Richmond, was not a faithful wife to his son. Furthermore, the Count learns, one of his granddaughters is not his true heiress and he is determined to discover which grandchild is worthy of his name and his love. When the Count threatens to expose this betrayal, Lucrecia Richmond conspires to get rid of him to protect both her good name and the security of her family. As the Count grows weary from the battle with his daughter-in-law, he becomes despondent and frail. Ultimately, he is saved by an unlikely angel who teaches him that blood ties are meaningless; only love matters.

Cast

Fernando Fernán Gómez
as Don Rodrigo de Arista Potestad
Rafael Alonso
as Pio Coronado
Cayetana Guillen Cuervo
as Doña Lucrecia Richmond
Agustin Gonzalez
as Senén Corchado
María Massip
as Gregoria
José Caride
as Venancio
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Critic Reviews for The Grandfather (El Abuelo)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

A rueful, funny and deeply moving fable.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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A prettily shot soap opera that spends 2 hours telling a story that would be more effective in 90 minutes.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
New York Post
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An often lovely, often frustrating, old-school melodrama about love and honor.

January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The slack pacing keeps the 'touching' from developing into something more deeply affecting.

January 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

In the final stage of his life the elderly protagonist learns a thing or two about time, friendship and blood ties.

March 4, 2002 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

Brilliant to look at and compellingly written.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
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