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Demonios en el jardín (1982)

In a small Spanish village, Gloria, the imperious head of a troubled family, is devoted to her two sons. The brothers, Óscar and Juan, have frequent violent disputes. Óscar, the oldest, and... See full summary »

Director:

Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon)

Writers:

Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon), Luis Megino
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ángela Molina ... Ángela / Juan's cousin (as Angela Molina)
Ana Belén ... Ana / Juan's lover-Óscar's wife (as Ana Belen)
Encarna Paso ... Gloria / mother
Imanol Arias ... Juan / Gloria's younger son
Eusebio Lázaro Eusebio Lázaro ... Óscar / Gloria's elder son (as Eusebio Lazaro)
Francisco Merino ... Vendedor ambulante / peddler
Rafael Díaz Rafael Díaz ... Osorio (as Rafael Diaz)
Eduardo MacGregor Eduardo MacGregor ... Doctor (as Eduardo McGregor)
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Proyeccionista (as Pedro del Rio)
Pedro Basanta Pedro Basanta ... Especialista
Paco Catalá Paco Catalá ... Vendedor ambulante / peddler (as Francisco Catala)
José Luis Lemos José Luis Lemos ... Empleado (as Luis Lemos)
Jorge Roelas ... Tono
Amparo Climent Amparo Climent ... Doncella
Álvaro Sánchez Prieto Álvaro Sánchez Prieto ... Juanito / Ángela's son (as Alvaro Sánchez-Prieto)
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In a small Spanish village, Gloria, the imperious head of a troubled family, is devoted to her two sons. The brothers, Óscar and Juan, have frequent violent disputes. Óscar, the oldest, and his steel-willed mother run the family's grocery store called el Jardín (The Garden), which does a brisk business in the black market. Juan is the handsome, irresponsible, best-loved second son. When Oscar marries his lover Ana, Juan heads for Madrid to work for Franco. He also leaves behind his impoverished cousin, Ángela, pregnant with his son. Jump ten years. Juanito, their son, has rheumatic fever. The doctor says to pamper the boy. Years later, Óscar and Ana remain childless. Gloria wants to bring her illegitimate (and incestuous) grandson and only heir, into the family circle. As Juanito recovers, Juan returns in desperate need of cash; Juanito witnesses a theft blamed on his innocent mother. Things come to a head at a saint's-name party for father and son. Jealousies, betrayals, and a bullet...

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 March 1984 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Demons in the Garden See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Luis Megino See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A twisted film noir that captures life in post-war, Franco's ruled Spain.
5 March 2003 | by crismabreySee all my reviews

The film recaptures life in rural Spain during the first years of Franco's dictatorship, around 1942. It represents the difficult relations between those victorious and those who have been vanquished. Furthermore, the movie unveils the black-market economy prevalent during the first decade of the regime, and how the Right-Wing ideologists control the underground economy. They also maintain a repressive society enforcing a set of strict, Catholic morals that they themselves do not practice. Gutiérrez uncovers their hypocrisy and double moral standards through the watchful eyes of the boy-protagonist. Gutiérrez also defeats those values by having the two female protagonists unite and expose the archaic macho culture as repressive and immoral. Juanito, the hope for a tolerant Spain, in the end ascribes a role of power to Angela and Ana. Juan, his father, a devastated Casanova, loses their respect bt trapping himself in gambling and womanizing, and becomes an outlaw. To fully understand this film the viewer must know early Twentieth-Century Spanish history and the two fighting factions in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). In this way one can understand Gutiérrez's ironical treatment of post-war relations and how he compels a divided society to look forward to a desired unity.


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