Actrius

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Actresses
Actrius film poster.jpg
Catalan language film poster
(Catalan: Actrius)
Directed by Ventura Pons
Produced by Ventura Pons
Written by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet
Screenplay by Ventura Pons
Based on (stage play) E.R. 
by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet
Starring
Music by Carles Cases
Cinematography Tomàs Pladevall
Edited by Pere Abadal
Production
companies
Distributed by Buena Vista International
Release dates
  • 17 January 1997 (1997-01-17) (Spain)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Spain
Language Catalan

Actresses (Catalan: Actrius) is a 1997 Catalan language Spanish drama film produced and directed by Ventura Pons based upon the award-winning stage play E.R. by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet. The film has no male actors, with all roles played by females.[1] The film was produced in 1996.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

In order to prepare herself to play a role commemorating the life of legendary actress Empar Ribera, young actress (Mercè Pons) interviews three established actresses who had been the Ribera's pupils: the international diva Glòria Marc (Núria Espert), the television star Assumpta Roca (Rosa Maria Sardà), and dubbing director Maria Caminal (Anna Lizaran).[3]

Cast[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Screenings[edit]

Actrius screened in 2001 at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in a American Cinematheque retrospective of the works of its director. The film had first screened at the same location in 1998.[4] It was also shown at the 1997 Stockholm International Film Festival.[3]

Reception[edit]

In Movie - Film - Review, Daily Mail staffer Christopher Tookey wrote that though the actresses were "competent in roles that may have some reference to their own careers", the film "is visually unimaginative, never escapes its stage origins, and is almost totally lacking in revelation or surprising incident".[5] Noting that there were "occasional, refreshing moments of intergenerational bitchiness", they did not "justify comparisons to All About Eve", and were "insufficiently different to deserve critical parallels with Rashomon".[5] He also wrote that The Guardian called the film a "slow, stuffy chamber-piece", and that The Evening Standard stated the film's "best moments exhibit the bitchy tantrums seething beneath the threesome's composed veneers".[5] MRQE wrote "This cinematic adaptation of a theatrical work is true to the original, but does not stray far from a theatrical rendering of the story."[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torres, Rosanna (15 October 1996). "'E. R', de Benet i Jornet, es llevada al cine y al teatro" (in Spanish). El Pais. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Tooky, Christopher (16 April 1999). "Ripe for a siesta.". Daily Mail. Highbeam. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Actrius". Stockholm International Film Festival. 1997. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  4. ^ THomas, Kevin (1 March 2001). "Sometimes, the World Gets in the Way". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Tookey, Chris. "review: Actresses / Actrius / Actrices". Movie - Film - Review. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  6. ^ staff. "Actrius (1997)". MRQE. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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