La Voz de su Amo
(2001) from ICMS
|The title would translate as "His master's voice" and that is to some
degree what this film is about. The story is set in 1980 in the Basque
Country in Spain. It deals with a Portuguese businessman (Joaquim de
Almeida), his right hand man Charli (Eduard Fernández) and the
businessman's daughter Marta (Silvia Abascal). When I say businessman
and Basque Country you've probably already guessed that this is not
going to be a romantic epic ŕ la Titanic. Far from it. We are
confronted with suspicion and violence in all kinds of forms but also
with love and friendship. Or aren't we ? And will Charli continue to
follow his master's voice? I really can't tell much more about the
plot without spoiling the movie, other than to say that really no-one is who
he seems to be.
Silvia Abascal shows all 3 B's and Ana Otero as a
heroin addict shows her breasts in bed in a hotel.
|Although the score is based on a mere 8
votes, the film is rated way too low in the IMDB. Those voters probably didn't notice the beautifully composed
images and excellently lit scenes. They also must have been oblivious
to the fact that this film shows some magnificent pictures of the
Basque countryside and the beautiful city of Bilbao. The story also
makes sense, although the script could have been a bit more specific
about the "respected" businessman's activities. It would have given a
better understanding of his actions. The actors all put in a great
performance, especially Joaquim de Almeida and the young, fresh and
uninhibited Silvia Abascal. This film is a very good effort from
director Emilio Martínez Lázaro.
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hotel location is Hotel Miramar in Deba near Bilbao and it still looks as
spartan and obsolete as back in 1987. The actor at the reception desk
was as cool and reserved as the real guy. I still wonder if that man
remembered the moment when he laughed or smiled for the last time.
- IMDB summary.
IMDb voters currently underrate it 5.9/10, but based on
only 8 votes.
- with their dollars: a bomb. Only 48,000
admissions in Spain.
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, my
rating would be 7.0 or C+.
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