Secrets Of The Heart details
|Starring:||Sylvia Munt, Alvaro Nagore, Andoni Erburu, Carmelo Gomez, Charo Lopez|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Secrets Of The Heart
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Aug 2004|
Most helpful review
Noises OffBy William Johnson from Leamington , 09 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Javi(er) is a nine year old who with his brother is sent away to school lodging with his two maiden aunts. Javi and his school friend Carlos are intrigued by the noises from a supposedly haunted house near their school. At the end of term they return to their family house located a long bus ride away in a very small town. Here, under the none too benign influence of his older brother, he gets the idea that he can hear ghosts in the room where his father shot himself. He then sets out to discover the relationships between the various members of his family, including his aunts, particularly in relation to the key word of the film translated as ?humping?.
The director, Montxo Armend?riz, is successful in showing us a child?s eye view of the world, making it at first mysterious and haunted and slowly becoming more and more mundane as Javi gradually discovers his family?s secrets and through them, himself. There are many fascinating touches in the film particularly the symbol of Javi?s maturing confidence, a series of stepping stones across a river which become by turn safe or dangerous according to the camera angle, whether it is that of the observer or of Javi?s point of view.
This is a well told story of childhood, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Although it shines in comparison with much of Hollywood?s mass produced ?coming of age? dramas it is not anything really exceptional but can be set quite comfortably alongside such movies as ?Spirit of the Beehive? or ?Night of the Hunter?. Well worth watching.
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Secrets and FliesBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 16 May 2011In 1960's rural Spain two brothers are sent to live in town with their unhappy aunts. During the school holidays they return to the family farm where mother lives with their grandfather and uncle. The younger boy Javi is constantly drawn to the room where his father is reputed to have accidentally shot himself. For the first time he begins to question the family's version of events and gradually a dark secret emerges. This perfectly pleasant coming of age tale never really comes alive. Javi's benign acceptance of each revelation is a little hard to swallow and ultimately the film fails to deliver either the humour or emotion that made classics of the genre Cinema Paradiso and My Life As A Dog so memorable.
DelightfulBy a customer from Hertfordshire, England , 17 Sep 2010A really delightful and absorbing film, and the young actors playing the main leads were excellent and enjoyable to watch. A sensitive and perseptive film. Wish there were more like this one
AverageBy a customer from OXON , 20 Jul 2009I've come to add my review having watched this film about a week ago. I honestly can't remember what happened. Instantly forgettable.
Secrets of the heartBy a customer from Kidderminster , 09 Sep 2008I love foreign film, especially Spanish. This is a very simple film about life through the eyes of a small boy. If you like action this is not the film for you. Heart warming and realistic.
Age of innocenceBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 20 Feb 2008This film is very good at capturing a child's view of an adult world. Set in north eastern Spain in the 1960's we see an interesting array of Spanish characters, their foibles and failings. I particularly liked the grandad who sat in his chair and provided acid comments on anything and everything. He wore his slippers on the wrong feet so that they would wear evenly and liked his luxurient grey hair combed by his grandson. A well observed film worth watching if you don't mind subtitles or you understand Spanish.