La Buena Estrella (1997) from Tuna
La Buena Estrella, or The Lucky Star, is a chick
flick. Butcher and middle-aged bachelor Antonio Resines, who lost his
testicles in an accident, witnesses an attack on Maribel Verd˙ by her
boyfriend, a petty thug named Daniel (Jordi MollÓ). Daniel calls her
one-eye, as she lost an eye in the orphanage the two grew up in.
Resines takes her to the hospital, then to his home to recuperate.
Daniel, by then, is in prison again. Resines and Verd˙ become lovers
of sorts, and, when the baby is born, he names her after his mother,
Star, and raises her as his own.
Verd˙ shows buns in bed with Resines, then a
breast under water in a bath scene.
Daniel is released from the slammer, and shows up on their doorstep,
and Verd˙ takes him in, despite Resines better judgement. At first,
she says it is because she is all he has, and they have a common
history, but Resines learns that she, in fact, loves both of them. He
eventually deals with it, even after she leaves with Daniel because
"he needs her." When Daniel is arrested again for a bank robbery, he
takes Verd˙ back, even though she's again pregnant. I will leave some
of the plot unsaid, in case this is your type of film.
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There is no doubt that the three lead performances were excellent,
which kept the film above the soap opera level for about 2/3 of the
running time, but the ending sunk it for me completely.
It won Goyas for best
film, best actor, best director and best original score, and
was nominated for 4 others, including Jordi MollÓ for best
actor and Maribel Verd˙ for best actress.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C. It is technically competent,
and features three good performances, but is not my kind of
film. For those who like tear jerker estrogen-centric films,
this is a good genre effort.
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