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June 27, 2015
Moving story about life and love.
Garci is a genious in the league of Truffaut, Rohmer and Ingmar Bergman.
Worth seeing.
July 17, 2011
The film is a beautifully rendered story about characters who were drawn by novelist Benito Perez from Cervantes book, Don Quixote. I'm afraid that this goes over the heads of American audiences, especially the sub-literati and game players. There is far too much here for the pathetic mentality of people who enjoy the crap shown on multiplex screens everywhere.
February 6, 2011
Excelente película! El honor es una noble mierda!
Super Reviewer
January 10, 2011
nominated for best foreign film at the oscars
July 16, 2010
Sencillamente CO-LO-SAL, ANTOL√?GICA. Nunca me cansar√© de verla, y de re√≠rme extasiado con el rapapolvo en el casino. Fernando Fern√°n G√≥mez, APOTE√?SICO.
½ March 29, 2010
A Great drama from (Spain) about a grandfather who search for happiness in his last years and to find peace alongside his grand daughter :) oscar nominated for best foreign film 1998 >> don't miss
January 28, 2010
The Grandfather (1999) El Abuelo This film directed by Jos√© Luis Garci, who won an Academy Award in 1983 for "To Begin Again,". Based on Benito Perez Galdos novel, the film that comments on how families are built by love, not blood. Love is the only bond that can hold a family together, & this movie proves it. When an aging, bitter, turn-of-the-century Spanish aristocrat (Fernando Fern√°n-G√≥mez) learns that his son has died, he travels back to his family estate in Spain to confront his detested daughter-in-law (Cayetana Guill√©n Cuervo), whom he suspects of bearing him an illegitimate granddaughter. But which one is it? Which granddaughter will gain his blessing, & which his curse? This once powerful and still proud patriarch finds it hard to deal with the shameful and humiliating treatment he receives from the townsfolk. As his ego is battered, he slowly mellows. His friendship with Pio Coronado (Rafael Alonso) improves his mental health.(the old teacher who has had serious thoughts about suicide). In the last stages of his life, the Count learns a thing or two about time, love, friendship, and blood ties. He is free at last to cave in to the impulses and desires of his heart. While the film is a deeply touching story & contains very lush beautiful cinematography this movies moves at a snail‚??s pace & is very long at 145 minutes. The great Spanish character actor Fernando Fernan-Gomez (Belle Epoque) won a Spanish Goya award for his part in this film as aged Count of Albrit. His creaky performance is a standout; excellent ‚??well really- fantastic he is in this role characterizing The Grandfather. The film is just a little too slow & constrained. In addition to the strong performances, the film‚??s cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The lush & verdant Spanish landscape is the backdrop, the rural scenery sweeps of Spain is just a beauty to behold. The stunning cinematography literally makes turn-of-the-century Spain appear as if it's just been stolen from an famous summer painting. In 1999, The Grandfather deserved its the Spanish nomination for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. It also received a dozen Spanish Goya nominations. This is the third time Galdos‚?? novel has been brought to the screen, & this one is well worth the effort to watch. My main comment would be how poor the (Spanish) dubbing was. It was a very bad choice to have the two small girls voices dubbed in by fake sounding adults who do not sound like a child at all. There were consistent problems with the voice dubbing & synchronizing throughout the movie. I watched the movie in Spanish with English Subtitles. I hope this film get a wider audience than it had in 1999 it is really almost an epic of a movie and extremely beautiful and interesting. The Grandfather magically transports us to a time and a way of life that have long since disappeared. However it is a tad boring as it is long and slow but art film lovers hang in there and watch this !! I still liked the movie a lot!
½ January 28, 2010
The Grandfather (1999) El Abuelo This film directed by Josť Luis Garci, who won an Academy Award in 1983 for "To Begin Again,". Based on Benito Perez Galdos novel, the film that comments on how families are built by love, not blood. Love is the only bond that can hold a family together, & this movie proves it. When an aging, bitter, turn-of-the-century Spanish aristocrat (Fernando FernŠn-Gůmez) learns that his son has died, he travels back to his family estate in Spain to confront his detested daughter-in-law (Cayetana Guillťn Cuervo), whom he suspects of bearing him an illegitimate granddaughter. But which one is it? Which granddaughter will gain his blessing, & which his curse? This once powerful and still proud patriarch finds it hard to deal with the shameful and humiliating treatment he receives from the townsfolk. As his ego is battered, he slowly mellows. His friendship with Pio Coronado (Rafael Alonso) improves his mental health.(the old teacher who has had serious thoughts about suicide). In the last stages of his life, the Count learns a thing or two about time, love, friendship, and blood ties. He is free at last to cave in to the impulses and desires of his heart. While the film is a deeply touching story & contains very lush beautiful cinematography this movies moves at a snail?s pace & is very long at 145 minutes. The great Spanish character actor Fernando Fernan-Gomez (Belle Epoque) won a Spanish Goya award for his part in this film as aged Count of Albrit. His creaky performance is a standout; excellent ?well really- fantastic he is in this role characterizing The Grandfather. The film is just a little too slow & constrained. In addition to the strong performances, the film?s cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The lush & verdant Spanish landscape is the backdrop, the rural scenery sweeps of Spain is just a beauty to behold. The stunning cinematography literally makes turn-of-the-century Spain appear as if it's just been stolen from an famous summer painting. In 1999, The Grandfather deserved its the Spanish nomination for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. It also received a dozen Spanish Goya nominations. This is the third time Galdos? novel has been brought to the screen, & this one is well worth the effort to watch. My main comment would be how poor the (Spanish) dubbing was. It was a very bad choice to have the two small girls voices dubbed in by fake sounding adults who do not sound like a child at all. There were consistent problems with the voice dubbing & synchronizing throughout the movie. I watched the movie in Spanish with English Subtitles. I hope this film get a wider audience than it had in 1999 it is really almost an epic of a movie and extremely beautiful and interesting. The Grandfather magically transports us to a time and a way of life that have long since disappeared. However it is a tad boring as it is long and slow but art film lovers hang in there and watch this !! I still liked the movie a lot!
½ November 8, 2009
Sólo por oir a Fernando Fernán Gomez,merece la pena ver lo que sea..
June 25, 2008
Puro Garci. Magistral.
February 14, 2008
Good movie!

Narration style is different, kind of slow paced, but my eyes stayed on the screen all the way.

The impression I got from the characters changed as I looked at them closer.

Fernan Gomez is awesome. Even as the bad tempered Abuelo you cannot keep from his charm.
January 18, 2008
I don't know what's going on, but lately I don't like the movies I watch, and this one wasn't the exeption. It is too long, I only tolerated an hour and 34 minutes of the two hours and 28 that lasts.

It is very slow and boring, dialogues are the classicals of a soap opera.
December 7, 2007
Very slow, not to mention the subject matter isn't exactly what you'd call "feature-worthy", but it's all handled in a delicate way that comes off as lovable and interesting.
September 26, 2007
I couldn't stop crying. I'm such a pussy.
½ August 13, 2007
After a failed search for gold, the grandfather (Fernando FernŠn Gůmez) returns from America to his Spanish village when his son dies. His intentions are as good as you might guess when the legitimacy of one of his granddaughters is in question. He seems more concerned with finding out the truth, than returning the loving he receives from both of his granddaughters. I really enjoyed his interactions with all the characters in the movie. It showed he does have a good heart, especially when a compadre asks Don Rodrigo to help him commit suicide. Don Rodrigo is a powerful character who is easy to dislike at times, but you can't help but respect him. The cinematography was excellent and really captured the beautiful Spanish countryside.
½ July 19, 2007
Awesome film. Too bad it was up for an Oscar the same year as La vita Ť bella.
½ June 26, 2007
Very moving story about a grandfather in search of his true heir. The grandfather gives a wonderful performance
June 12, 2007
Worst movie EVER!!!!!
½ July 6, 2006
Que horrible. No se vale la pena ni el tiempo.
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