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Fatal (or Not!) Attraction


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The young veteran takes a room while he is looking for civilian employment. His new landlady takes a shine to him, and a triangle results. She is older than the other two, and more worldly. Her boarding house is a going concern, and she's involved in some shady dealings involving contraband goods. When the young hunk showed up she turned cougar and took what she wanted.

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This yokel is a klutz at juggling two women and keeping them apart. The women become aware of each other and they meet. The bride-to-be, also a small-town type, has been avoiding premaritals, but then there is that meeting. After a crying jag, on the advice of the Colonel's Lady she works for, she takes action. Her fiance` becomes actively her lover.

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Two scenes play out, which help forecast things that follow.

 

1. The girl takes her betrothed on a trip to the small town where she was born. She tells her mother that they are already married. The mother may not believe this, but she accepts it. The mother is on crutches, and has been that way since the daughter was a toddler. The daughter explains that the mother threw herself in front of a cart, letting a wheel run over both of her legs. She did this in reaction that her husband had an affair with a nurse. The girl says prophetically, "It seems to run in the family."

 

2. The young veteran quits his sweatshop job, and is looking for other work. The landlady / cougar lets him in on one of the scams she works. With several other men sitting around a table, they transact a sale of a tobacco shop to one of the men present. He pays on the spot, and in cash. With the buyer departed, the conversation reveals that they will all be dispersed by the time the "buyer" learns that the shop was closed only because the owner was sick. The young man collects a fee for his part as one of the men who signed the sales document as a "witness"

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The landlady has a confrontation with her scam partners. They hold her responsible for a loss related to contraband American cigarettes. It's not clear she stole -- with this broad that could go either way -- but they've decided she will either pay or she will hurt. They expect her to pay 15,000 in the local monitory units. She's phoning, trying to borrow from old friends, when the shared boyfriend finds out about it. New thought: His betrothed has saved over 40,000 toward buying a business for them to run. The plan now: "Sell" her an attractive neighborhood bar that looks like a good investment.

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(at over 460 Views, with no guesses recorded)

 

These plot elements merge. The younger woman's money is taken while she sleeps. The older woman is given the money she needs, and she prepares to leave Madrid by train. The younger woman realizes what is happening. She wants to die, but she has a cultural reason not to commit outright suicide. She meets the lover in the public square before a famous cathedral. Hands him his razor, asks him to kill her. A POV from behind her shows blood dripping into the slushy snow below the park bench where she sits. He walks away.

 

Closing scene: The Madrid railway station; the other woman has boarded her train. The man comes up outside and shows her his bloody hands, letting her know what he has done, and that he has elected to come with her. She gets out of the car as the train pulls out -- leaving her luggage aboard -- and they embrace. The closing credits start with a note that they were arrested three days later.

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Closing this question down at over 550 Views.

 

*Amantes* ("Lovers') Spain, 1996. Victoria Abril as the landlady / cougar. Jorge Sanz as the young veteran. Maribel Vardu as his betrothed. The director was Vicente Aranda.

 

I've want to use this movie ever since this thread was started, having seen it when it was first in the VHS rental shops. I used up a lot of time trying to trace it down because I was under the impression that the director was Pedro Aamodovar ( "Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" ) . Getting corrected on that point enabled me to track it down and buy a DVD and see it again before posting the question.

 

Open thread.

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idle since 22 Nov. = abandoned thread.

 

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Early 1990s. Color. Foreign and subtitled. Set in the early 1900s. A couple passionately in love are thwarted by custom and tradition. The woman is the youngest of three daughters, and tradition dictates that a youngest daughter is destined to be the caregiver for her mother's old age. She can not marry.

 

No names in the cast familiar to this poster.

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The lover marries his beloved's older sister, but he reveals to his sweetheart that he is doing this just so he can stay close to her.

 

A magical era begins. As cook for her mother's household, the younger woman comes up with recipies and with meals that have an eeire effect on those who consume them. At the wedding feast, her tears are mixed into the wedding cake, and all who eat it are filled with great sadness.

 

 

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Over 200 Views indicates some interest.

Mysticism and magic are supporting themes. A translation of the foreign phrase in an earlier post may be helpful.

 

An American-born doctor, attending some of the family's needs, is attracted to the dutiful younger sister, and he is able to help somewhat.

 

 

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Finally! Over 300 Views. The Spanish phrase quoted earlier translates as "like water for chocolate" but a straight idiom-to-idiom translation might be "hot and h*r*ey". If you can trace down Roger Ebert's review of the film, there is a little more information on that point (he liked it). I've found that Amazon has a copy of *Like Water For Chocolate* at a price I can live with, so I may make that a stocking-stuffer for myself this year.

Sixes' thread.

Edited by: flashback42 on Dec 12, 2012 9:39 PM

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rebooting this thread...

 

She has reason to feel that she is cursed.  Family tradition has it that an ancestress, sentenced to hang for witchcraft, placed a curse on any man that the women in her family loved.  The men would die, soon after the love was discovered.

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