|Tierra is written and directed by Julio Medem, who can
be compared to David Lynch in that he tackles complex themes and
feelings in his own, nearly surrealist fashion. He also directed La
Ardilla Roja, but this is a far more interesting film.
The German/Spanish Silke is in two nude scenes,
where she shows everything.
plays Ángel Bengoelxeo, a man who was treated in a mental hospital for
multiple personality disorder, but who thinks of himself as just a
very complex person with lots of imagination. He speaks with his alter
ego, and angel, frequently. He has been hired to rid a small farming
community of a form of woodlice, which are giving the wine made there an
earthy flavor. He finds himself drawn both to Angela (the counterpart
of his alter ego), played by Emma Suárez, and to a young, wanton and
rebellious Mari, played by Silke.
Just for good measure, he deals with lightning strikes,
a wild bore hunt, deaths and suicides. This is a film which speaks on
several levels, and nearly defies description, Visually, it is
stunning, with amazing scenics of the farm country and equally
interesting interiors. It is beautifull, yet deep, and will bear many
- with their dollars: was not successful.
218,000 admissions in Spain.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
it is an art film, but, I think, has enough pure
entertainment value to satisfy most people. B.
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