The House of the Spirits

The House of the Spirits

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The House of the Spirits

Bille August directed this film version of the Isabel Allende novel, featuring a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. The story is a sweeping and brooding melodrama, spanning generations and filled with violence, revenge, and telekinesis. The tale begins in South America in 1926, when a young man, Esteban (Jeremy Irons), falls in love with the daughter of a rich man, Rosa Del Valle (Teri Polo). He vows to become rich enough to make her his wife and spends months of toil in the gold fields to earn enough money to do just that. Before the two marry, however, Rosa is killed by poison meant for her father. After the tragedy, Esteban moves to Trés Marias, an abandoned ranch, and spends 20 years of his life turning the ranch into a thriving estate, exploiting the labor of the poor who live off the land. When he returns to the city, he comes across Rosa's younger sister Clara (Meryl Streep), now a woman with telekinetic abilities. Clara took a vow of silence years before, but upon the arrival of Esteban, she speaks for the first time in years -- "You have come to propose marriage to me," she says. Esteban and Clara marry, and Esteban takes her back to the ranch, where they have a daughter, Blanca (Winona Ryder). Their daughter falls in love with the son of one of Esteban's foremen, a hot-headed revolutionary named Pedro (Antonio Banderas). Now, the country is in the throes of revolution. Esteban banishes his sister Ferula (Glenn Close) from the ranch, beats his wife, and rapes a peasant woman. The product of Esteban's rape (Joaquin Martinez) grows into an angry young man who convinces Esteban to send him away to military school. When there is a military coup, the illegitimate son returns to Trés Marias with revenge and torture on his mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2011
UPC: 0096009779894
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:13:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Esteban Trueba
Meryl Streep Clara
Glenn Close Ferula
Winona Ryder Blanca
Antonio Banderas Pedro
Maria Conchita Alonso Transito
Vincent Gallo Esteban Garcia
Jan Niklas Satigny
Joaquin Martinez Segundo
Sarita Choudhury Pancha
Teri Polo Rosa
Miriam Colon Nana
Armin Mueller-Stahl Severo
Vanessa Redgrave Nivea
Frank Baker Intelligence Officer
Pedro Efe Interrogation Officer
Fran Fullenwider Emer Trueba
Miguel Guilherme Soldier
Denys Hawthorne Politician
Lone Lindorff Maid
Steve Mason Maestro
Vivian Reis Indian Girl
Carlos Rodriguez Postman
Jaime Tirelli Oliver
Martin Umbach TV Reporter

Technical Credits
Bille August Director,Screenwriter
Anna Asp Production Designer
Barbara Baum Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernd Eichinger Producer
Anette Haellmigk Camera Operator
David Harris Special Effects
Michael Hirst Screenwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Janus Billeskov Jansen Editor
Edwin Leicht Executive Producer
Dieter Meyer Executive Producer
Martin Moszkowicz Co-producer
Jörgen Persson Cinematographer
Mark Rosenberg Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Guy Travers Asst. Director
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
Isabel Allende Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of the Spirits
1. Chapter 1 [10:20]
2. Chapter 2 [8:22]
3. Chapter 3 [10:10]
4. Chapter 4 [10:07]
5. Chapter 5 [8:33]
6. Chapter 6 [7:36]
7. Chapter 7 [1:32]
8. Chapter 8 [9:19]
9. Chapter 9 [10:26]
10. Chapter 10 [9:31]
11. Chapter 11 [8:36]
12. Chapter 12 [8:09]
13. Chapter 13 [8:00]
14. Chapter 14 [8:43]
15. Chapter 15 [9:05]

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The House of the Spirits 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Awful movie with stars giving terrible performances. Skip!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good... I love it so much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isabel Allende is the niece of Chile's president Salvador Allende. The novel takes place in Chile and tells us about Esteban Trueba and his saga. Also shares with us a true version of what happened in Chile while the military coup that threw Salvador Allende away from democratic power. The movie is great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The rich performances, engaging story and thought provoking events make for a worthwile film experience
Guest More than 1 year ago
In addition to the sweeping history of the country, I loved the movie for its portrayal of Latin American domestic life and the warm family relationships. So many movies about Latin America have cantinas, poor villages, and/or revolutionary battle scenes for settings and downtrodden Latin women as stereotypes. In this one, it was great to see European-type women as well-developed characters, the family and domestic life of the period, and upper middle class homes portrayed. I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie has gor everything. I love the story, the actors are wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isabel Allende was the daughter of Allende's cousin (Allende's daughter was also named Isabel). The movie is a little camp with all those different nationalities and the ''parlor trick'' use of Clara's gifts. But not unentertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a real problem with the audacity of the producers to change the setting of this film, Chile has a very important history that deserves to be properly recognized!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
In The House of the Spirits, the Tales takes place in Chile not Argentina. Remember that Isabel Allende is the Daugther of the Late precident of Chile, Salvador Allende.