La Tía Tula
|La tía Tula|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Miguel Picazo|
|Screenplay by||José Miguel Hernán
Luis Sánchez Enciso
Manuel López Yubero
Irene Gutiérrez Caba
|Music by||Antonio Pérez Olea|
|Cinematography||Juan Julio Baena|
Eco Films / Surco Films
La Tía Tula (English: Aunt Tula) is a 1964 film Spanish film directed by Miguel Picazo. The film is based on the Miguel de Unamuno novella of the same title. Highly acclaimed, the film is widely considered a classic of Spanish cinema. The film was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 38th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Tula, a 31-year-old unmarried woman, whose sister has just died, decides to bring her brother-in-law Ramiro, a bank employee, and his two children into her home. As she takes over the management of their lives, she gradually usurps the privileges of her brother-in-law and his children. She acts as a wife mother figure, but does not accept the sexual commitments or maternal responsibilities of her new role.
Ramiro is attracted to Tula as she dotes on his children, but she spurns his affections. She is also critical of his interest in other women. As Ramiro's sexual frustration grows, he attempts to rape Tula. Tula’s priest advises her to marry Ramiro. When she is ready to agree, she discovers that Ramiro is paying court to another woman, Tula’s nubile teenage cousin Juanita, and obtaining sexual favors elsewhere. Juanita becomes pregnant and Ramiro is forced to marry her, taking his children and new wife to a life out of the provinces and into the city.
The closing scene shows Tula waving goodbye to the ménage as the train departs, resigned to her spinster status.
- Aurora Bautista as Tula
- Carlos Estrada as Ramiro
- Maria Enriqueta Caballeira as Juanita
- Laly Soldevila as Amalita
- Mari Loli Cobo as Tulita
- Irene Gutierres Caba asHerminia
- List of submissions to the 38th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Spanish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Schwartz, Ronald, The Great Spanish Films: 1950- 1990, Scarecrow Press, London, 1991, ISBN 0-8108-2488-4