El Sur is Victor Erice consecutive second triumph as a excellent and meticulous director after a ten years period of cinema inactivity that he spend doing television commercials spots to get some money. Although, because of the film's incompleteness, character motivations are murky, El Sur is still a brilliant and haunting work of art. It is marred, however, by underdeveloped characters and the lack of a sense of closure. Reprinted with permission of the author. Beauty that reveals more beauty.
It's about a man who always wants to go to the south but never manages to go. The director intended to take the protagonist, Estrella, south--perhaps to learn more about what memories haunted her father. The years have passed and, though I have been able to shoot a few films, I continue to write every now and then. She follows him, observes him, trying to unravel the complexities of a man about whom she can never be objective. The figure of the father in The South is a man divided between two loves: his romantic passion and his mundane life with his wife.
They each primarily focus on female characters attempting to forge their own identities within somewhat barren, chilly and mute environments. Thus, it is not just sounds but words that are central to the make up of the characters. Estrella discovers that her father was obsessed with a movie actress, and may have had an affair with her. Victor Erice: It's difficult to say. Amongst other things, that cinema today exists so as to bring back what was once seen.
I think, for the first time, this film made me think that the best media for poetry is not words, but vision. Suffice it to say that this film is one of the saddest yet sublimely beautiful films in history. On the other hand, in terms of production it went very well, it was a happy time. The fact that Antonutti looks like a younger Arvo P? Of course, with growing up often comes a realization that the parents you put on a pedestal are just human beings with flaws, some small, some big. Criterion apparently owns the rights to this. Forced to curtail production before completion, Erice would have traced Estrella's journey back to the south to uncover the reality of her father's despair, but lack of funding did not permit this and the film, which Erice claims would have become much lighter in tone, was never finished. Thus, although many of the images and sounds of his films seem to partly exist for themselves—highlighted by the common use of the fade to black, which tends to isolate shots—they are also part of a rich fabric of associations.
You can write, El Sur 1983 is a good movie, but it can be is a bad movie. We follow her progress as she matures from an eight-year-old to a fifteen-year-old. It is, in some way, inevitable. It is based on ' short novel of the same name. Estrella struggles to piece together Agustín's secret history and recalls her family's sudden unexplained move from Seville, Spain, to the northern countryside in her youth. These are also Erice's best forms of communicating, and what ultimately links this film to his viewers. This is precisely what was once said of cinema when, in a gesture not exempt from bad faith, justice was sought by virtue of bestowing upon cinema all the privileges conferred by social recognition.
It is through this film viewers learn that the secrets of some identities are revealed only when somebody is compelled to come to the bottom of a past life in order to throw some light on that person's motives for putting oneself in that situation. It's a quite wonderful film, I think, and is totally coherent, yet it's a film that was never finished. This is the last thing that he does in his life so he is there, working like an impulse to provoke the daughter to make this trip that he was never able to make - and she does do what he could never do. The film is about Estrella, a young woman, living in the north--not south--of Spain. The film chronicles a young girl named Estrella who is living in northern Spain who considers her father almost a deity, he is interesting, pleasant and in her eyes, possibly magic, as his enchantment towards mysticism seems to carry on to his daughter.
Its future, in this sense, is its past, though on the condition that we contemplate it with an undeceiving eye, with no dread. Agustin Omero Antonutti , however, is not fully developed as a character, despite his central role in the movie. The scenes and dialogues are enchanting, never over-acted or otherwise exaggerated; at all moments Erice maintains full control over the film's development, giving just enough touch of exquisiteness and sensitivity, allowing the film to move unhurriedly through simple but moving scenes to the predictable outcome. In my childhood, films were fundamentally important. Although this film does not have any grandiose narrative structure, nevertheless it manages to attract viewers' sympathies as all characters have been given ample screen time to present their view points. This film feels like a meditation. And in a sense he leaves a mandate because, when he is about to die, he leaves under the pillow of his daughter the symbol of the communion, the thing that tied them together in their youth.
Not only the director recreates admirably the atmosphere of those gloomy years in my country, but also succeeds in showing the relationship between a bitter, low-spirited father and his vital daughter. Wonderful cinematography and sets also contribute to create a masterwork in which every camera move, every dialogue line and every fade constitute a brilliant piece of its own. Estrella's discovery of Agustin's devotion to the starlet Irene Rios Aurore Clément whose films played at the local theater is even more unsettling, however, as is the matter of his continuing relationship with a mysterious woman in the south. And that moment in the cafè! In her memory, it is the symbol of her father's power that he once used to guess her sex by holding the pendant over her mother's stomach. I feel they chose me.
His work is full of ambient, often isolated, perhaps not even adequately sourced, sounds. Maybe a place of romantic dreams, a place where we imagine we can find lost loves. Estrella decides to return alone to the South, a place warped by years of her father's hazy and nostalgic recollections. I think it deserved to receive the prize. Here indeed is moving theatre-cinema: the understanding spectator will leave with a certain mixture of feelings if he knows a little of Spain and its people; he will not leave unmoved, cold. Originally published in Banda aparte no. Beautifully filmed in natural lighting, even in the interior of an old rural house Ezcaray, La Rioja , the deep feelings transmitted between daughter and father reveal a delicacy so often missing in more banal entertainment.