"The House of Bernarda Alba"
Directed by Mario Camus
Based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca, Camus'
film tells the story of a cold-blooded provincial widow and her five adult
daughters. Bernarda (Irene Gutirrez Caba) rules her wealthy household with
an iron fist. After the death of their father, Bernarda locks her daughters
in the house for an eight-year mourning period, acquiescing only to the
courtship of her eldest, Angustias (Enriqueta Caballeira), by Pepe el
Romano, a mysterious nobleman. Because Pepe is the only eligible bachelor in
town, the younger sisters fall in love with him as well, a fact that has
tragic consequences for the entire family. Beautifully shot and acted, the
film conveys both the claustrophobia and beauty of a sequestered household.
Spanish with English subtitles. 103 minutes.