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866 Ratings

El sur

Directed by Víctor Erice
Spain, France, 1983


This film tells the story of a little girl living somewhere in the north of Spain and fascinated by the secrets of the south seemingly buried in the traits of her father.

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El sur Directed by Víctor Erice

Critics reviews

It is a treasure chest that reveals its contents slowly over the years. . . . It was in this environment of voluntary amnesia that a film appeared that looked like no other. It returned us to the forties, but it did not in the least resemble any of the other films we knew that had cast an eye to that gloomy post–Civil War era.
June 21, 2018
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In 2016, I rewatched, for the first time in 25 years, Víctor Erice’s El Sur, and it has instantly poked through the foggy mists of dim recall to now proudly sit in my All-Time Top Ten list. Even when the family drama is not especially Gothic in Erice, the weight and significance of those silences—shared at the dining table, experienced in each person’s solitude, conveyed in a gaze or remembered in regret—saturate his cinema and make it one of the richest oeuvres of all.
December 28, 2016
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