Carmen (2003 film)
Film poster by Oscar Mariné
|Directed by||Vicente Aranda|
|Produced by||Juan Alexander|
|Written by||Vicente Aranda
Prosper Mérimée (novel)
|Music by||José Nieto|
|Editing by||Teresa Font|
|Distributed by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Running time||119 minutes|
Carmen is a 2003 drama film based on the classic romance of the same name by Prosper Mérimée. Director Vicente Aranda based the plot on Mérimée's original 1847 novella, not its famous operatic adaptation by Bizet from 1875, changing some details about the love story between Carmen (Paz Vega) and José (Leonardo Sbaraglia). Further alterations include the introduction into the plot of author Mérimée (Jay Benedict), who is portrayed as a French author who finds the "real" Carmen in early 19th century Spain.
While the quality of technical realization and costumes was acknowledged, viewers criticized the actors' performances, the lack of chemistry between the two main characters, and problems of the plot. The film is rated in several countries for scenes including nudity.
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