Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead

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  • 1995
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.9  (2,163)

Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead (Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto) is a 1995 Spanish drama film directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes. The movie tells a story of how the lives of five different people intersect in a small neighborhood in Madrid. Through their intertwined lives, the movie explores themes of love, loss, and redemption.

The central character in the movie is Gloria, played by Victoria Abril, a former prostitute who is trying to turn her life around after being released from prison. Gloria is desperate to leave her past behind and start anew, but she is haunted by the memories of her violent ex-boyfriend and realizes that she needs to clear herself of all that has held her back in order to truly move on.

Gloria finds herself at the center of a love triangle which involves a man named Agustín, played by Federico Luppi and a woman named Ana, played by Pilar Bardem. Agustín is a psychologist who is trying to cope with the suicide of his wife, while Ana is a cancer-stricken mother who is struggling to come to terms with her illness.

The film takes the viewer through the ups and downs of these three characters' lives as they deal with issues ranging from personal to political. The plot focuses on their innermost insecurities and how they relate to the world around them. Despite the darkness of the subject matter, Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead manages to portray these issues in a very realistic and often humorous way with the help of an excellent cast.

One of the strongest aspects of this movie is how the filmmakers give different dimensions to the characters. Gloria seems to be the easiest character to define, but Yanes goes beyond the obvious to shed light on how her past has affected her present. Through Victoria Abril's excellent performance, we witness how Gloria is battling an inner demon, struggling to move forward and be accepted by society.

The character of Agustín is similarly complex. He's a man who needs to heal the wounds of the past to move on with his life, but he's not entirely sure how to do this. Luppi portrays the character with great depth, highlighting the flawed nature of his being.

Finally, Ana is the epitome of a character who is grappling with mortality. Pilar Bardem delivers an outstanding performance, showing both the anger and vulnerability of a person fighting a losing battle with the disease. The movie is almost worth watching just for her scenes alone.

The film is set in Madrid in the early 90s. The director creates a taut and realistic atmosphere, authentically capturing the mix of social classes and ethnicities that make the city a melting pot of cultures. The intelligently written script is further aided by the excellent cinematography, which perfectly captures Madrid's beauty during its quieter moments, while contrasting the elegant surroundings with the grittier aspects of city life.

In conclusion, Nobody Will Speak of Us When We're Dead is an exceptional movie that delves into the human condition with care and depth. Its story is raw and deeply affecting, showcasing the complexities of life in a nuanced manner. Victoria Abril, Pilar Bardem, and Federico Luppi deliver outstanding performances that make this a must-watch movie. It may not be an easy viewing experience, but the film delivers a sense of catharsis while leaving viewers impressed with the cinematic storytelling prowess of director Agustín Díaz Yanes.

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    1 hr 44 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (2,163)