Al Sur de Grenada (2003)
This film is also called South from Grenada.
Al Sur de Granada is a biopic of Gerald Brenan, one of the
Bloomsbury Group, which was sort of a randy round table consisting of
members of the British intelligensia in Le Belle Epoque. Brenan was one of the suitors of
Dora Carrington, the lifelong (platonic) companion of author Lytton
Verónica Sánchez got completely naked repeatedly, and we also
had full frontal and rear nudity from Sauce Ena, and breasts and
buns from Bebe Rebolledo.
When it became obvious that his infatuation with Dora was causing
trouble, Gerald walked to southern Spain and became Don Geraldo, figuring
adventure was the next best thing to having Carrington. Spain was as
exotic as he could afford. He embraced the culture, fell in love
with a poor but beautiful girl, and got her pregnant. He understood and embraced the Spanish culture to such
an extent that he is a still considered a very popular historical
He returned to
England when he heard that Lytton Strachey was very ill. Strachey's
death was followed by Carrington's suicide, so Don Geraldo didn't
return to Spain for three years, and when he did, he had an English
wife in tow.
available only on Region 2 DVD, only in Spain.
Unlike Carrington, which I found boring as hell, this film was made
as a lively comedy, and showed some of the lusty spirit that was
central to the Bloomsbury group. It also was beautifully filmed. This was a biopic
that is not only strong technically, but also has entertainment
value, hence a strong B-.
Critics Vote ...
- It has not been released in the USA,
either into theaters or on home media. It grossed about 2.5
million dollars in Spain.
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Based on this description,
this is a B-. Lively
and entertaining for a biopic.
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