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Obaba (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 September 2005 (Spain)
A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.

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Montxo Armendáriz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pilar López de Ayala ... Maestra
Juan Diego Botto ... Miguel
Bárbara Lennie ... Lourdes
Eduard Fernández ... Lucas
Peter Lohmeyer ... Ingeniero Werfell
Héctor Colomé ... Ismael
Pepa López Pepa López ... Merche
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Tomás
Iñake Irastorza Iñake Irastorza ... Begoña
Ryan Cameron Ryan Cameron ... Esteban niño
Christian Tardío Christian Tardío ... Manuel
Alejandro Jiménez Alejandro Jiménez ... Ismael niño
Julia Torrens Julia Torrens ... Begoña niña
Vanesa Moñino Vanesa Moñino ... Merche Niña
Pablo Manjón Pablo Manjón ... Tomás niño
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A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.

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Germany | Spain | France | Belgium

Language:

Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Обаба See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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$2,434,701
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Dolby Digital

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Perfect actress - 'almost' very good movie is definitely worth seeing
2 November 2006 | by editor-118See all my reviews

Not since 'A Hard Days Night' can I remember a film where I became so attached to the characters in the drama that I almost didn't believe I was seeing a fictional movie, but a documentary with an omniscient camera secretly filming reality. Viewers can't help but fall deeply in love with Lourdes, played by Barbara Lennie. She is impossibly perfect for the role, and in it; both because of her incredible natural beauty, and because of her flawless ability to make us believe that she isn't acting. But something is missing in the film. As the other reviewer commented, there are a few stories going forward in parallel, but you feel there may have been more that weren't included. So it feels somehow, incomplete. The other reviewer knew about the missing parts from the book, and the missing political overtones. I didn't, but subconsciously, I was hungering for them near the end of the film. This is one of those films where, you feel they may have had, or could have had a perfect 3 hour movie, but had to edit it down to two hours and perhaps cut out some of the most interesting parts. Lourdes carries the burden of three romances: the romance between her and her lover in the film, the one developing between her and the audience; and finally the one with Obaba. The nude scenes of the actress early in the film may have been as important in breaking the tension between her and the audience as they were breaking that between her and her lover. It's my personal biased opinion (interpretation), that the director of the film was only able to make us fall that deeply in love with her because we were looking through his eyes; his, and those of Obaba the town's itself! So what's the point? Are we, from this point on, able to be as seduced by Obaba as she was? With her seduction of her lover and us complete... the story can shift its emphasis onto the love affair between her and Obaba, the town, which covets her as much as we did. But how can a town seduce a beautiful, successful film student?

In any case, this film is charming, and a very fascinating portrayal of the heart of Obaba, a character with a complex personality that in the end, is the principal character in the film.


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