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Common Wealth

3.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A lucky real estate agent... A decomposed body... A building full of greedy neighbors...300 million hidden in the cellar... Something smells rotten in this house. Julia finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's house while selling an apartment. She's a 40-ish real estate agent (played by Carmen Maura) now forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community (of neighbors), headed by an unscrupulous administrator. Black humor gives way to suspense, closely followed by horror that doesn't take long in coming to a head in undisguised pandemonium

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  • Actors: Carmen Maura, Terele Pavez, Emilio Gutirrez Caba, Sancho Gracia, Maria Asquerino
  • Directors: lex de la Iglesia
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lolafilms Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JELZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Money often causes people to daydream of things they wish for while an increasing size of fortune creates a pattern where dreams become more extravagant. Fancy desire of cars, mansions, and other luxurious commodities first seems far-fetched and unreal, but when an opportunity arrives, many would do next to anything to obtain these dreams. The actions generated by lofty wishes of material things or the opportunity of fiscal freedom could push a person to commit the most vile of acts, as their greed urges them on. Often the mirage of wealth blinds those who pursue dreams at any costs, as moral judgment and humanity evaporate into nothingness. This phenomenon receives a thorough satirical dissection in the Spanish film, Common Wealth.

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.
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You can read the plot synopsis provided by Amazon. What I want to add is that "La comunidad" is an extremely amusing dark comedy which skillfully sends up the conventions of horror movies while addressing the social conditions of Spaniards as the country becomes part of the European Union. (This, of course, is not explicitly stated, since its a comedy.) Star Carmen Maura (best known for her work with director Pedro Almodovar in the 1980s) is as great as ever. As she mentions in the making-of featurette, she excels at the film's type of surreal humor. I saw this film with a group of Americans and they all seemed to enjoy it, even though Alex de la Iglesia's dark humor is clearly not for everyone. However, some of the best jokes (passing references and visual gags) were lost to those unfamiliar with Spain, its history and popular culture.

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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If I hadn't been living in the US for quite a while now, I would have been puzzled by some American reviewers complaining about this movie as snail-paced, boring, predictable, etc. But that's right, fellas, don't waste your time with such superb, intricate, still very amusing European efforts. Stick with those unforgetable, all time classics such as Top Gun, Rambo, Lethal Weapon or the likes. They suit you.
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carmen maura, without a doubt one of the best actresses of our times gives as amazing performance. this role earned her a goya award in spain(oscar) for best actress. the movie is funny and very almodovaresque with all its colorfull characters. a must see.
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This is one of director Alex De La Iglesia's least provocative films. De La Iglesia, who is known for his subversive, wildly imaginative and unconventional movies, is saddled here with a tepid script that takes a familiar premise and adds little that is new or interesting to secnario. The plot basically revolves around a stash of money that a woman finds in an apartment building and how she tries to get that money out of the building while the scheming tenants try to stop her. If you like broad, over-the-top comedy, lots of boring exposition, and a lackluster attempt to tie up loose ends in a perfunctory finale, then this movie might be for you. Others need not apply.
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