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Language: English
Category: Movie / Drama / Thriller
Original Title: Plenilunio
Director: Imanol Uribe
Writers: Elvira Lindo,Antonio Muñoz Molina
Released: 1999
Duration: 1h 59min
Video type: Movie
After a murder of a child, a cynical detective has a romance with the child's teacher.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ángel Solá Miguel Ángel Solá - Inspector
Adriana Ozores Adriana Ozores - Susana Grey
Juan Diego Botto Juan Diego Botto - Asesino
Fernando Fernán Gómez Fernando Fernán Gómez - Padre Orduña
Charo López Charo López - Carmen
Chete Lera Chete Lera - Ferreras (as Txete Lera)
María Galiana María Galiana - Mujer Enlutada
Noelia Ortega Noelia Ortega - Paula
Chiqui Fernández Chiqui Fernández - Madre Fátima
Manuel Morón Manuel Morón - Padre Paula
Trinidad Rugero Trinidad Rugero - Madre Asesino
Félix Cubero Félix Cubero - Padre Fátima
Alfonso Vallejo Alfonso Vallejo - Molina
Anartz Zuazua Anartz Zuazua - Jon Vergara
Antonio Muñoz Molina Antonio Muñoz Molina - Bedel

Imanol Uribe came up with the final scene in the shooting. Juan Diego Botto was already done with the movie, so he had to get into character again. According to Uribe, Botto did so reluctantly because of the psychotic aspect of his character.

Reviews: [6]

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    Manuel, a recent transferred inspector, investigates the murder of a young girl under strange circumstances. Manuel, who worked in Bilbao, decided to go to a quiet place because his wife, Carmen, has suffered a nervous breakdown because being the wife of a police inspector has taken its toll on her. It's a puzzling case because the assassin didn't violate the girl, but at the same time, such cruelty in the method used for killing, affects him deeply.

    As Manuel investigates, he interviews the dead girl's teacher, Susana, who is also disturbed by what has been done. Susana, who has been abandoned by her husband, finds a kind soul in Manuel. Their meeting changes them both, although Manuel is up front in telling her about his sick wife. Susana, who hasn't had any man in her life, falls in love for Manuel, an attraction that is mutual.

    When there is a second girl who was almost killed by the same criminal, Manuel puts a plan into action. All along we know who the killer is, something that is made clear from the first time this character appears. Manuel traps the tormented soul who is suffering from loneliness and neglect.

    When Carmen, who is about to leave the sanatorium where she is being treated, Manuel learns that Susana's transfer to Madrid has come through and she wants him to make a decision. The conflict is eating Manuel because his loyalty to his wife, he loves Susana, but he has to do what is best. Throughout the story we watch as Manuel inspects his car being afraid of a bomb, but nothing happens. At the end, he encounters someone from his past that comes to take care of him.

    Director Imanol Uribe, working on a novel by Antonio Munoz Molina, which we haven't read, helped with the adaptation of Elvira Lindo. The result is a somber picture of a man who is fighting a conflict within himself and must make decisions based on a possible happiness, or stay in a loveless marriage while trying to bring justice to the place he has chosen to live.

    The best thing in the film is Miguel Angel Sola. He makes us believe he is Manuel fighting all the demons inside him. Juan Diego Botto does a fine job also in the movie. Adriana Ozores plays Susana. Fernando Fernan Gomez has a brief role of a friendly priest. Charo Lopez, Chete Lera and Maria Galina have also good moments.
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    It deals with a Police Inspector (Miguel Angel Solá) who arrives in a small town to investigate a crime of a little girl , while he falls in love for a teacher (Adriana Ozores) . Moving psicho-thriller plenty of emotion , suspense , intrigue , delusions , plot twists , and a strange romance . Despite being somewhat of a cinematic cliché, rarely has a feature been so aptly deserving of its description as a thriller picture along with some elements from Noir film , action , terrorism , suspense and mystery . Good acting by Jan Diego Botto as a psycho killer and sensational the veteran Miguel Angel Sola as a deranged police inspector pursued the ETA terrorist organization , he feels a strong attraction for a mature teacher well played by Adriana Ozores .

    It is an entertaining picture in which suspense is well developed from start to finish. Imanol Uribe , also writes the script along with Elvira Lindo -married to Muñoz Molina- , being based on Antonio Muñoz Molina novel , filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . This is a particulat Noir film with strong psychological penchant and fine interpretations . Hard-edge thriller/drama centers around a psicho killer and a peculiar love story . However , the film relies heavily in the rare romance among protagonists , Miguel Angel Sola and Adriana Ozores . Because the story needs a vibration more real than the one offered in this sometimes slow-moving flick , though also contains interesting scenes , thrilling images and sensitive moments . Anyway, its is compensated with the great performances from main cast , and nice support cast , interpreters who provided a considerable boost to the result . Imanol is a great director of actors and the main players are complemented by a good cast of secondaries ; all of them forming a powerful human group and giving excellent interpretations such as Charo López as disturbing wife , Chete Lera as forensic , María Galiana , Antonio Muñoz Molina himself as a janitor and special appearance by veteran Fernando Fernan Gomez as sensible priest . Atmospheric musical score by Antonio Meliveo who composes a stirring soundtrack . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Gonzalo Berridi and a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence , every space ; being rightly filmed in Palencia , castilla and Leon . Berridi has made a prestigious career with titles as Lejos del mar , Ocho apellidos vascos , La Vida que te espera , Dos tipos duros as and many others . The movie achieved various Goya nominations but got none , being the winner film ¨El Bola¨.

    This Andres Santana/Fernando Bovaira production was professionally written , produced by Imanol Uribe who also directed , though has some flaws and resulted to get limited success at Spanish Box office . Uribe who lived and had a son with actress María Barranco , gained fame early in his career for his controversial socio-political portraits of the Basque people , such as ¨El proceso de Burgos¨, ¨Fuga Segovia¨, ¨Muerte Mikel¨ and he turned to thriller as ¨Adios Pequeña¨, ¨Plenilunio¨ , ¨Carta Esferica¨ bsed on Perez Reverte novel , ¨Dias Contados¨ or ¨Running out of time¨and drama as ¨Bwana¨ , ¨Rey Pasmado¨, ¨intruso¨, ¨Extraños¨, ¨Viaje de Caroll, ¨Miel de Naranjas¨ and ¨Lejos del mar¨ .
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    Based on a novel by the well-known writer Antonio Muñoz-Molina (see also Beltenebros, 1991), but obviously the filmed version lacked rather a lot of the psychological and philosophical content of the book. However, Imanol Uribe has basically done a good job as he captures the tense atmosphere of the novel without indulging overly in any of his quirkishness; he tells the story straight and gives excellent characterization in the most part.

    Adriana Ozores is not too convincing much of the time, though Miguel Ángel Solá is fine as the police inspector. Both are overshadowed by a good reading by Juan Diego Botto of his rôle of murderer: indeed there are moments in which he is exceptional. Apart from that it was indeed nice to see Chete Lera and María Galiana in their secondary rôles, and Charo López positively makes the screen vibrate with her small part but immense playing of her also secondary rôle as 'Carmen'. I can only suppose it was not some kind of joke casting Fernando Fernán Gómez as a priest, but he is of course superb. Not shown on IMDb is the young Noelia Ortega who plays the part of a girl who survives a murder attempt: she plays her part as an eleven year old quite well.

    In this novel, as well as in others, Muñoz Molina sought to explore the feelings and sentiments of his murderer so as to bring out the whys and wherefores of his psychotic behaviour. In this we can say that Elvira Lindo has done a good job with her script, Uribe handled the matter reasonably well, and full marks must go to Botto for his interesting playing.
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    A lonely police detective tracks down a crazed child murderer. The movie develops both characters equally well. Most of us would be drawn more to the depiction of the killer as an aberrant type. He is well played as a person lost in his own world, with no friends, selling fresh fish, and drinking alone, unable even to ask for the check at one point, due to his acute inwardness. Our detective discovers the nude body of a young girl in the woods, the work of our killer. Unlike other films of this kind, this one moves (or plods) along at an absorbing pace, giving time for the detective to develop a relationship with an equally lonely school teacher. At one point, while they are making love, the killer is busy with another victim.
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    Police Inspector Manuel has transferred from Bilbao, to this quiet little town after his wife had a nervous breakdown. However it's not so peaceful, as there's a senselessly cold-hearted child murderer at large and he heads the investigation. After asking information from the dead girl's teacher Susana, soon enough they seem to hit it off and the pair get into a cosy relationship, where sparks ignite old forgotten feelings. After another attack on a young girl, this case really starts to change and effect Manuel's frame of mind.

    A progressively slow-burn Spanish thriller, which likes to concentrate on the personalities and their drive to fit in with life. These are souls who are facing the same problems of loneliness, and the expectations they have put on themselves/or by others. While, an articulate script gives the characters well-rounded depictions and situations plenty of depth, it still doesn't hide the fact on how banal it can get. I found these latter moments to strike a chord with the flourishing romance between the Inspector Manuel and teacher Susana. Sure it's an important plot device for the inner workings of the central character, but during these moments the already snails pace seems to drag to a rocky halt. Wordy dialogues are largely produced. Even with its deep and heart-aching exploration, I didn't find it to be emotionally gripping and it could have benefited from some brazen psychological imprints. My interest seemed to fade in spots. A bleakly charged atmosphere of apprehension works it way into graceful looking locations. Fluidly picturesque camera-work takes hold and a stirring music score deftly tickles along. Imanol Uribe's slickly realised and subdued direction can fall into many monotonous stages. The plodding and dreary pace is of course deliberate, but there's nothing heightening those moments to make you feel anything else. The raw, substance-bound performances are mainly a dolorous lot. Miguel Ángel Solá gives a superb tormented and burnt-out performance as Inspector Manuel. Adriana Ozores creates a certain backbone to her character Susana, and she would rekindle the hope in Manuel. Out of the cast, it's the outstanding performance of Juan Diego Botto who stands out head-over-heals, as the increasingly unsettling and depressed looking weasel murderer Asesino. He manages to construct a complex character, of hate and desperation with those paranoid ravings and unsocial habits. The story from the get-go doesn't hide the fact, on just who's the killer.

    Exceptionally made and well-acted, but the story and script could've used some tightness instead of flabby distractions.
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    Plenilunio is the third film that Imanol Uribe presents in San Sebastian film festival (the other two, "días contados" and "Bwana" won the first prize). In this mixture between drama and thriller, Uribe tries to get deep in the thoughts of an inspector, who tries to evade from the reality by his work. A case will absorb him ll the time, and he'll take it as personal. The characters are well exposed, but I think the final is quite precipitate. The character played by Juan Diego Botto is quite overacted, so the film doesn't fit very well at all.