A Gaudi Afternoon R

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(27) IMDb 6.2/10

Alone in a foreign city, Cassandra must solve a family's darkest, deepest secrets before she can confront her own past.

Starring:
Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

A Gaudi Afternoon

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Product Details

Genres Mystery, Comedy, Drama
Director Susan Seidelman
Starring Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden
Supporting actors Lili Taylor, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Jines, María Barranco, Christopher Bowen, Pep Molina, Víctor Álvaro, Steve Itkin, Sergi Ruiz, Glòria Casas, Aitor Extravizz, Glòria Roig, Alexandra Tugues, Saskia Lange, Santi Cantó, Saskia Giró, Josep Clarà, Lolo Herrero
Studio First Look
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Lot of yelling, in this hard to watch movie if you like fighting however.
Jonsam Friedman
With actessses such as Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Lily Taylor, and Juliette Lewis expect the best of work.
Grady Harp
Since I'm a fan of Lili Taylor, I've been trying to see all of her movies.
maskirovka

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 27, 2002
Format: DVD
What a pleasant surprise. An extra star for the surprise. Shame on the studio for tossing this film away. And why they ever decided to market this as a Lesbian film I'll never know. Anyway, I smiled through the whole thing, and laughed loudly over many little moments. It's all about the actors looking like they are having a really good time making a silly yet thoughtful film. And what a great cast. It's a small little piece of entertainment with lots to offer without hitting you over the head with typical Hollywood grossness. Best not to know a lot about the slim plot- just watch it and enjoy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2002
Format: DVD
If you are familiar with the wacky but gloriously fun architecture of Gaudi, with all the monuments to his gifts collected in Barcelona, then you will have an inkling of the pleasures in store for you in this little treasure of a film GAUDI AFTERNOON. Almost as a metaphor for the way life imitates Gaudi's art, this well written, photographed and acted film is so off the beaten track that that it slipped by the major theaters who search for the Big Movies, often neglecting these fine ornaments. In short, this is a story of an expatriated American, at odds with her own life and family, who settles temporarily in Barcelona to translate a South American novel from Spanish into English. In the midst of her tedious ad frustrating life pops what appears to be a glamourous femme fatale who hires our bored translator to find her estranged husband. And that is all the plot you get. All of the characters she encounters in her tidbit of detective work are uniquely different from what they appear. In the end all turns out well, but it is the getting there that is so much fun! With actessses such as Judy Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Lily Taylor, and Juliette Lewis expect the best of work. These women are gifted comediennes and the director and cinematographer use them as embellishments visually and emotionally and sarcastically to the wondrously photographed architecture of Gaudi. This movie is rich in color, in imagination, in acting, and in joy. Treat yourself!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Finley on March 23, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Though Barbara Wilson's novel by the same name casts the characters a bit differently than the film does, this cinematic exploration of gender and sexuality is really entertainting. When I try to explain it to my hip and theory-wise friends they roll their eyes at all of the plot twists, but they don't seem so hokey as you watch. And the opening credit sequence of this film is stunning--absolutely stunning. There are all of these gorgeous stained-glass-like images which fold and melt into one another; almost the way the identity of some of the characters evolves and shifts during the course of the film. We have the usual independent film suspects in the cast--notably Marcia Gay Harden and Lili Taylor--but oddly it doesn't just feel like yet another little indie film that could. The actors do a wonderful job of seducing us as much as each other, and Judy Davis' performance is much more nuanced than perhaps the film even asks for--which makes it especially delicious. And the landscape of Barcelona is truly fabulous. From the first frame to the last frame, you'll be entranced and engaged and surprised.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By giovanni on August 25, 2002
Format: DVD
Gaudi Afternoom is what you could call an alternative piece of comedy . Set and filmed entirely in Spain , the movie is sharp , witty and full of dark humour . More of a film-noir if you'd like to categorize it , it's been carried by a group of talented , underrated female actors . Davis is excellent in the lead role and so is Marcia Gay Harden ( in her most unusual part yet ) who is been provided with more than a couple of poisonous lines to work on by the script . The female versus..."female" scenes are all great yet the best one of all is when Harden and Taylor try to convince a little girl that they can compromise with each other and get over their differences , all in return for her precious love . Certaintly not your ordinary hollywood comedy flick , this spicy film waits for you to discover .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on October 15, 2002
Format: DVD
Gaudi of the title is, of course, Antonio Gaudi, one of the most famous architecht of the world, and you may remember the unique form of The Church of Saglada Familia, in Barcelona. This film follows the journey of Cassandra, amateur translater turned amateur detective, who wanders in the maze of sexuality in this beautiful city situated in Catalonia.
But don't misunderstand here. This is an off-beat comedy, so you see no blood or dead body. Actually, it is delectable Judy Davis you will see, and as Cassandra she is at her best since her role in "Children of Revolution." Cassandra, born in Missigan, is now living in a narrow apartment in Barcelona, where she landed some years ago. She is making her ends meet by translating a Spanish book into English, but finds herself no longer capable of the job. Facing the danger of eviction, she meets a mysterious visitor Frankie, who asks her to find a person named Ben. Reluctantly she accepts the offer, but it is only the begining of her new life among the colorful, unconventional people living in this city.
I refrain from mentioning the further development of the story, because there are many twists and turns in it. Not that the story is difficult to follow; rather, you will find the film is challenging our concepts on sexuality and family. Director Susan Seidelman (known for "Desperately Seeking Susan," one of the decent films Madonna made) knows what she is doing, presenting the portraits of characters as unique as Gaudi's works, and many of them will easily and elusively slip away from our ideas about gender, which are formed from their outward looks.
So, relax and enjoy the complicated web of sexuality, and as Judy Davis's character is, you will be always comfortably deceived.
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