El Mar (1999)

3.5 of 5 from 55 ratings
1h 47min
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Mallorca, 1936. The Spanish Civil War divides the local community with an orgy of bloodlust and brutal revenge executions. Ramallo, Tur and Francisca are childhood friends whose lives are irrevocably changed after they witness the savage murder of a young boy. Ten years later. Francisca is a nun working in an all-male sanatorium where Tur is a patient. Ramallo joins them, psychologically closing the circle. Their close proximity to lingering illness and death brings the horrors of the past into the present. Haunting memories are intermingled with a growing sexual tension between the three young people. To escape, Francisca buries herself in her work, while Tur turns to religion.
Ramallo hides behind machismo, becoming increasingly aware of the attraction Tur and Francisca have for him. As Tur's sickness grips him, his religious obsession grows, and so does his desire for Ramallo.
, Bruno Bergonzini, Antònia Torrens, , , , , David Lozano, , Tony Miquel Vanrell, Victoria Verger, , Llorenç Santamaria, Maria del Mar Bonet, , Nicolau Colom, Carles Cuevas, Sebastià Rosselló, , Borja Tous
Isona Passola
Antoni Aloy, Blai Bonet
The Sea
Peccadillo Pictures
Spain, Drama
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Run Time:
107 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1

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Unbearable - El Mar review by CP Customer

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This film is a nightmare of the after-effects of the Spanish civil war. A group of children, traumatised by events during the civil war end up in a horror film-esque TB penitentiary. One continuous, unpleasant shock. Watch it if you like maiming yourself!

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Religious fanatism - El Mar review by CP Customer

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Set in Franco's Spain around the civil war we meet a closet homosexual young man in a TB sanatorium. A new patient is his childhood friend who he falls in love with. They share a dark past where two of their friends had a violent death.

Based on a semi biographical novel by a Spanish author, this may still happen in our modern world for people with a conservative view of the bible. Worth watching in spite of the tragedy unfolding.

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