El Sur (1983)

Victor Erice’s poignant second feature is a feast for the eyes.

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  • Le Sud Alternative
  • The South Alternative

Introduction

Even more than The Spirit of the Beehive, Erice’s second feature is a feast for the eyes. The exquisite compositions and lighting echo Spanish baroque painting, while various sets – the isolated family home, a cinema, an empty hotel restaurant – are invested with a numinous power wholly appropriate to a tale of a woman’s poignant remembrance of her mystery-filled childhood in 50s Spain.

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