The House of the Spirits (1994)
Critic Consensus: An enviable collection of sterling actors are all woefully miscast in The House of the Spirits, a plodding saga of magical realism that lacks much magic or realism.
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as Esteban Trueba
as Clara Trueba
as Ferula Trueba
as Esteban Garcia
as Man at Cattle Market
as Young Lady
as Intelligence Officer
as Interrogation Officer
as Man in Club
as Indian Girl
as Man at Party
as Immigration Officer
as Emer Trueba
as Young Clara
as Pedro (as a child)
as Indian Girl
as Father Antonio
as TV General
as Clara (as a child)
as TV Reporter
as Dr. Caevus
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Spirits
The greatest actors in the world can't overcome a script that boils everything down to the Esperanto of cliche.
The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority.
The flaws aren't fatal. The beauty and brilliance that might have been, don't preclude the quality and bravery that exist on the screen.
The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind.
How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so... bland? It's a puzzlement.
Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved.
Audience Reviews for The House of the Spirits
Shit film, good book.
Even a high-powered cast cannot save this sketchy depiction of 70 years in the history of an unnamed country (reportedly Chile) as seen by three generations of aristocracy. Not quite an all-out embarrassment, but close.
Wow. I get the feeling the book was not nearly as crappy as this.
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