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Álex de la Iglesia opens Common Wealth in a similar atmosphere to his older films such as Mutant Action (1993) and the Day of the Beast (1995). A Siamese cat climbs the windowsill while entering a top floor apartment. The apartment rests in filth and dirt that drifts in knee-deep water, which is explored through the camera that pans with the cat's movements. Eventually a macabre discovery reveals itself, as the cat climbs on top a body that is far into the decomposing state and heavily affected by the murky water. Partially chewed fingertips, a result of the cat's starvation, and a mummified body leave an unforgettable imprint in the mind. The horror within this room triggers the notion - why and what has happened here?
Unknowingly, Julia (Carmen Maura), a middle-aged real estate agent, tries to rent out the apartment underneath the flooded apartment.Read more ›
The DVD has a "making of" featurette thats pretty fluffy, not much insight, just everyone praising one another. However, be sure to check out "Mirindas asesinas", the short film by Alex de la Iglesia also included on the DVD.
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Excellent Spanish film with great actors. The story is macabre and funny at the same time. Mrs. Carmen Maura is superb in her role. Don't miss it !Published on March 2, 2010 by J. CALDERON
After watching and enjoying Alex De Iglesia's "Crimen Ferpecto," I decided to check out some of his other films. This one was probably the worst of the bunch. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006 by The Prestige
"Common Wealth" is a heavy handed comedy about greed that pretty much runs out of gas after the first five minutes. Read morePublished on April 9, 2006 by Barton Pink