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Spanish Fly (1998)

Cast: Dafna Kastner, Toni Canto, Martin Donovan, more...
Director: Dafna Kastner
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Daphna Kastner directed this romantic comedy-drama, set in Spain. Interviewing Madrid men, journalist Zoe (Kastner) intends to expand her magazine article into a book. Her own experiences with men, however, haven't exactly made her an expert, but possibilities arise when she meets straight-talking Antonio (Toni Canto) and former professor Carl Livingston (Martin Donovan), owner of a Madrid bookstore. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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Flee This "Fly" by talltale November 28, 2004 - 7:16 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
One of the most tiresome "romantic comedies" (I use that term very loosely where this movie is concerned), SPANISH FLY can only be blamed on one person: its writer/director/leading actress Daphna Kastner, who wastes our time and the talent of some good actors (most notably Martin Donovan) in this tiresome vanity production. As an actress Ms. Kastner is relatively charmless and not particularly blessed with good looks. The latter is a fact I wouldn't normally mention, but since she rubs our noses in herself for far too long and too often, I feel she's fair game. As a writer, she can barely come up two-to-three clever lines and situations; the rest is old hat. As a director she's mediocre, using visual effects for no good reason and bringing out the worst in most of her cast. She manages to find some visual beauty in her surroundings, but since she is filming in Spain, this is not exactly unexpected. I must admit to not finishing this film: About 15 minutes prior to the end, doing the dinner dishes suddenly seemed like a more exciting and intelligent alternative.

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