Elisa, vida mía

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Elisa, vida mía
Elisa vida mía.jpg
French film poster
Directed by Carlos Saura
Produced by Elías Querejeta
Written by Carlos Saura
Starring Fernando Rey
Geraldine Chaplin
Music by Giorgio Mainiero
Erik Satie from "Gnossienne No. 3"
Cinematography Teodoro Escamilla
Edited by Pablo González del Amo
Release date
  • 21 April 1977 (1977-04-21) (Spain)
  • 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) (New York City)
Running time
125 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

Elisa, vida mía is a 1977 Spanish drama film written and directed by Carlos Saura. The film stars Saura's long-term companion and frequent collaborator, Geraldine Chaplin. She stars alongside, Fernando Rey who won the Best Actor award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for his performance.[1]


On a secluded farmhouse in Castile and León, Luis is reuinted with his estranged daughter, Elisa after a 20-year separation. On the farmhouse, Luis writes what appears at times to be both an autobiography and a novel. The book is played out, with memories of the past, such as when Luis walked out on his family and is mixed with fantasies about Elisa's adult life as well as her failed marriage.[2]



Vincent Canby of The New York Times praised Chaplin and Rey; "The main reasons to see the film are the two leading performances. Mr. Rey is always an interesting presence, and Miss. Chaplin as in all of her Saura films, reveals qualities of feeling, control and beauty that no other directors have ever found."[2]

Saura was nominated for the Palme d'Or for the film, and won Best Director at Spain's Cinema Writers Circle Awards.[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Elisa, vida mía". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b Canby, Vincent. Film: "Elisa, Vida Mia", pp. 8. The New York Times. 11 March 1983. Retrieved on 30 July 2011
  3. ^ Awards for Elisa, vida mia Retrieved on 30 July

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