The Holy Innocents (film)
|Los santos inocentes|
|Directed by||Mario Camus|
|Produced by||Julián Mateos|
|Written by||Antonio Larreta
|Music by||Antón García Abril|
|4 April 1984 Spain
2 June 1985 USA
Los santos inocentes or The Holy Innocents is a Spanish drama film directed by Mario Camus, based on famous Miguel Delibes' novel of the same title. The movie stars Alfredo Landa and Francisco Rabal, who both won the Best Actor Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
It was voted the third best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary.
Paco and Régula live on a rural estate owned by an absent marchioness with their three children. Nieves works as a maid in the big house, Quirce is doing his military service, and Charito is severely handicapped. The parents accept the repeated humiliations of their position as dependents at the whim of the owners and the estate manager, but Nieves and Quirce aim for a better life. The family is joined by Régula's mentally retarded brother Azarías, sacked from another estate, who loves birds. The owner's son Ivan often comes back to the estate for two reasons: he is conducting an affair with the manager's bored wife Pura and he is fanatical about shooting birds. Paco, who he forces up a tree to decoy pigeons, falls and breaks a leg. Then he tries using the simple Azarías and, in a fit of pique, shoots the man's pet jackdaw. Next time Azarías is sent up a tree to work decoys, he drops a noose round Ivan's neck and hangs him. Mentally a child, he is shut up in a secure asylum.
- Alfredo Landa - Paco el Bajo
- Terele Pávez - Régula, his wife
- Belén Ballesteros - Nieves, their elder daughter
- Juan Sánchez - Quirce, their son
- Susana Sánchez - La Niña Chica, their younger handicapped daughter
- Francisco Rabal - Azarías, Régula's handicapped brother
- Agustín González - Don Pedro, the estate manager
- Ágata Lys - Doña Pura, his wife
- Mary Carrillo - Señora Marquesa, the estate owner
- Juan Diego - Señorito Iván, her son
- Maribel Martín - Señorita Miriam, her daughter
- Manuel Zarzo - Don Manuel, the doctor
About the film
The distinctive landscapes are of the empty region of Extremadura, around the town of Zafra. Its distinctive soundtrack is played wholly on a three-stringed rabel, a folk instrument dating back to medieval times.
- "Festival de Cannes: Los santos inocentes". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
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