Solitary Fragments

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La soledad
La soledad.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jaime Rosales
Written by Jaime Rosales
Enric Rufas
Starring María Bazán
Petra Martínez
Sonia Almarcha
Miriam Correa
Nuria Mencía
Jesús Cracio
Luis Villanueva
Luis Bermejo
José Luis Torrijo
Music by Nino Martínez
Cinematography Oscar Durán
Edited by Nino Martínez Sosa
Running time 130 min.
Country Spain
Budget 1.800.000 €
Box office 684933.13 €

La soledad (English: Solitary Fragments) is a 2007 Spanish film written and directed by Jaime Rosales. It was Rosales's second film: he had previously made, The Hours of the Day. Solitary Fragments (La soledad), divided in five chapters, follows a dual narrative, the characters' lives unfold as a series of everyday concerns over health, work, shelter, relationships and money. Made with a small budget and with actors from the theater, the film was nominated for 3 Goya Awards, Spain's most prestigious film awards. It won all three awards, including the Best Film and Director award. Voted by Spanish film critics as Best Film of the year for that reason, it was given the Fotogramas de Plata Award.

Plot[edit]

Adela, a young woman recently separated from her husband and with one-year-old baby, is tired of her life in a small hometown Leon. She leaves behind the mountains and the country life to move to Madrid. She gets a job as a hostess and moves into an apartment with Carlos and Ines, a nice young couple. The three get along well then, sharing meals, doubts and leisure. Antonia, Ines's mother, has a small neighborhood supermarket. She leads a fairly quiet life with her boyfriend Manolo. Antonia has two more daughters: Nieves and Helena, the eldest. However, little by little, Antonias's pleasant life begins to crumble. First, a doctors detects that Nieves has cancer. Later, the already tense relationship between her daughters gets more complicated when Helena asks her mother borrowed money to buy an apartment on the beach.

Adela has no major difficulties in adapting to urban life, even though the father of her baby does not help her economically. While traveling by bus, she is one of the victims of a terrorist attack, leaving her life in tatters. From that moment she should find the strength to return to a normal life.

Cast[edit]

  • Sonia Almarcha as Adela
  • Petra Martínez as Antonia
  • Miriam Correa as Inés
  • Nuria Mencía as Nieves
  • María Bazán as Helena
  • Jesús Cracio as Manolo
  • Luis Villanueva as Carlos
  • Luis Bermejo as Alberto

Awards and nominations[edit]

To see the complete list of awards and nominations, see this link.

Goya Awards

  • Best Director (Jaime Rosales, winner)
  • Best Film (winner)
  • Best New Actor (José Luis Torrijo, winner)

Spanish Actors Union

  • Best Actress (Petra Martínez, nominee)

References[edit]

Son pocos, son valientes El País, February 10, 2008 (Spanish)

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