The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits

StarringJeremy IronsMeryl StreepAntonio BanderasWinona Ryder

Directed byBille August

Written byBille AugustIsabel Allende (novel)

Year: 1993

Plot: Set in Chile family saga, spanning six decades, from 1920-ties onward. Magical realism mixes with harsh realities of military juntas and social unrest.

Pros: Strong cast, although what do those WASP-y Anglos do playing Chileans we don’t know.

Cons: It drags from one detached vignette to the next, doing its literary source a disservice.

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