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La Spagnola

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Steve Jacobs
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Lola, a hot-blooded Spaniard, is deserted by her husband for a cool and calculating Aussie blonde. Lola is pregnant again but she and their daughter Lucia are left to starve while Ricardo spends all their savings on a sleek new set of wheels for his mistress. When he dies unexpectedly the family fortune, one flash car, remains with the mistress. Despite all his betrayals, Lucia sides with her father. Desperate and destitute in a country she doesn't like or understand, Lola's quest for revenge begins. Caught in the tempests of begrudging love, revenge, sibling rivalry, jealousy and passion, fourteen year old Lucia must find the strength to survive on her own terms. Aided to break free of her mother by her eccentric Aunt Manolo she struggles to find her own identity and her own quest for justice puts her on a collision course with her mother.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Considering he was making his directorial debut, Australian actor Steve Jacobs merits praise for attempting such an ambitious enterprise as this florid melodrama, especially as it's played out almost entirely in Spanish and Italian. However, he errs in allowing Lola Marceli to give a spitfiring performance as the wronged wife whose desire to exact revenge on husband Simon Palomares's Aussie mistress (Helen Thomson) is a source of acute embarrassment to her gawky teenage daughter (Alice Ansara). Moreover, Jacobs fails to reveal anything about the shanty existence endured by thousands of Mediterranean exiles in 1960s Australia. It's bravura stuff, but too brash to engross.

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Credits

Cast

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LolaLola Marceli
LuciaAlice Ansara
ManolaLourdes Bardolomé
StefanoAlex Dimitriades
RicardoSimon Palomares
BrunoSilvio Ofria
MariaGabrielle Marsella
WendyHelen Thomson

Crew

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DirectorSteve Jacobs

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Tartan
Released on
2002-08-09
Languages
English | Italian | Spanish
Guidance
Contains some violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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