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Tierra (1996)

Cast: Nancho Novo, Nancho Novo, Alicia Agut, more...
Director: Julio Medem, Julio Medem
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Science Fiction , Romance, Spain
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Dressed in blinding white, carrying a strange pack upon his back and a toxin-spewing wand, comes exterminating Angel and his similarly clad army to the scorched, crimson earth of Aragon wine country, to destroy the insects that give the wine it's unique flavor. There Angel fines himself falling in love with a homely cuckolded wife Angela who only stays with her cheating husband for her daughter's sake. He also falls for the town's teenage tramp, the white-hot black-leather wearing Mari, who falls in love with him after one passionate night. This off-beat Spanish romance, made with a dash of cosmic pretensions, chronicles his relationships with the two women while also dealing with his strange relationship to his alter ego who may or may not be, an angel. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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review from a sophomore by rpmfla May 20, 2005 - 1:14 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite films! It is visually stunning, the plot contains elements of "magic realism", and there are two gorgeous women (one basically representing home and family and the other representing freedom and danger). The philosopy which another reviewer found "sophmore-level", I found quirky and interesting.

What can I say?...I flunked Intro to Philosophy twice before acing it my third try.

Low-level philosophizing by talltale October 13, 2004 - 7:37 AM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The films of Julio Medem (which include "Lovers of the Arctic Circle," "Sex and Lucia" and the earlier TIERRA) seem to combine philosophy and sex, with an increasing emphasis on the latter. This is probably for the best, as Medem's philosophy is sophomore-level, at best. That it carries you along at all is due mostly to the writer/director's strong visual sense and his ability to attract good actors to his projects. TIERRA stars Carmelo Gomez (who is excellent, as usual), Emma Suarez and other talented folk who help this not-very-believable-on-any-level story to run its course. Most interesting is Medem's "take" on death (here, via lightning); least is his tiresome try at finding visual reference for a far too poetic split personality. The landscape is extraordinary, so I'm glad I watched. But with each Medem film, I find plenty to look at yet not so much to "see."

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(Average 6.21)
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