La Ardilla Roja (1993) from Tuna
La ardilla roja, or The Red Squirrel, is a rather strange but
|Jota (Nancho Novo), despondent over his girlfriend leaving, is
trying to gain the courage to jump off a bridge. While he is arguing
with himself, a girl on a motorcycle (Emma Suárez) crashes through the
rail and falls to the beach below. He rushes to help her, and finds
that she has lost her memory. He then tells the ambulance drivers, and
later, the hospital, that she is his girlfriend. When a hospital
shrink who is fascinated by amnesia starts getting nosey, and the
hospital staff starts pushing him for her medical card, he takes her
out of the hospital, and the two head off camping on her motorcycle --
a trip he says they had been planning -- and end up at the Red
Squirrel campgrounds next to a lake.
Emma Suárez shows her breasts jumping out of the
water while swimming nude, and we get two different decapitated
buns views, one in a shower, and one in a sex scene.
|They are soon befriended by neighboring campers, and get to know each
other, eventually becoming intimate. We learn slowly that not
everything is as it seems, and that they both have ghosts they are
escaping from. Some of the film takes place in dream sequences, which
hint at the ending.
Emma Suárez at age 37 has 43 credits at IMDB, and is still working
regularly, making her an important Spanish actress. She is very easy
on the eyes, and has a lot of screen presence. The film is long on
"off-beat energy," but is entertaining.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C-.
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