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Arcanus's rating of the film The House of the Spirits

I saw this on TV last night. What a pig's breakfast. By that I mean it was a jumble and a mess. Much of the photography was excellent and Glenn Glose was very creepy as the sister. But the mis-casting was truly staggering: Jeremy Irons was totally unbelievable as Estaban, varying from mad brutality to repentant sloppy senility, his accent a weird and variable mixture of transatlanticism. Continued in 2nd post.....