Imanol Uribe (Plenilune, Dias Contados) is his latest film ORANGE HONEY (Miel de naranjas). Even the local mental hospital looks a treat. But, yes, this is Spain in the 1950s, under the thumb of Francisco Franco, and so all that beauty is ironically deceptive. Not to mention that just outside the town is one of Franco's many prisons where political prisoners are held and quite often executed on the dusty plain nearby.
Iban Garate), shown above, a young and naive soldier in Franco's army, working under a military judge, Don Eladio (Karra Elejalde, below, right) who is always quick to condemn each political case to the firing squad. Enrique is also the more-or-less approved paramour of Eladio's niece (the lovely Blanca Suárez, below and in photo at bottom) and so is soon pulled in two directions by his love and his horror of the death after death he witnesses.
Carol's Journey, which proved more ambitious but less successful because Uribe bit off more than he could properly chew. Here he chews, masticates then spits out a perfectly acceptable, enjoyable melodrama that manages to show us how difficult it was (still is, of course) serving a corrupt dictator while trying to maintain some self-respect.
Orange Honey will play again at Spanish Cinema Now this Saturday, December 15, at 7:30pm. Click the link above to see all of this series -- what's already played and what's to come -- then click here for tickets to this film....