Thursday, 31 March 2011

Bárbara Goenaga in "Agnosia" [2010 Spain]

Eugenio Mira's sumptuous melodramatic thriller-romance "Agnosia" is one of the most visually stunning films I've seen this year.

Set in turn-of-twentieth century Barcelona, the story revolves around Joana, the daughter of an industrialist, with an unusual handicap that makes it difficult for her to distinguish shapes and sounds (Agnosia). Woven into the story is industrial espionage, and the lengths to which criminals go to exploit Joana's illness for extracting her father's secret formula. They kidnap her without her even noticing it, and force a recently dismissed male servant of Joana's household, Vicent, to take the place of Joana's fiancé Carles.

The screenplay is excellent, as is the direction. Not to mention the awesome cinematography and art direction - it was like watching a Visconti film. And all the actors give a sterling performance, in particular the beautiful Bárbara Goenaga who plays Joana. I wouldn't be surprised if it collects a few awards along the way. I've cut this compilation from an excellent quality DVD. This film can grace anyone's library. Needless to say, Highly Recommended Viewing..!

Bárbara Goenaga in Agnosia

Scene guide:
  • Joana has an accident while bathing.
  • A panic-stricken Joana is consoled by Vicent (pretending to be Carles), and they end up making love - this is a beautiful and romantic scene.
  • A couple of scenes of Carles - first with a prostitute in an opium den (actress uncredited), and later with Joana.


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