The House of the SpiritsA rancher (Jeremy Irons), his clairvoyant wife (Meryl Streep) and their family face turbulent years in South America. The story is a sweeping and brooding melodrama, spanning generations and filled with violence, revenge, and telekinesis.Keywords:
Actors of "The House of the Spirits"Armin Mueller-StahlBirthdate: 17 December 1930, Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany [now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia]
Characters of "The House of the Spirits"
Directors of "The House of the Spirits"Bille AugustBirthdate: 9 November 1948, Brede, Denmark
Creators of "The House of the Spirits"Isabel AllendeBirthdate: 2 August 1942, Lima, PeruBille AugustBirthdate: 9 November 1948, Brede, Denmark
Critic Reviews of "The House of the Spirits"TIME MagazineMay 20, 2013
The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority.Chicago TribuneMay 20, 2013
The flaws aren't fatal. The beauty and brilliance that might have been, don't preclude the quality and bravery that exist on the screen.Orlando SentinelMay 20, 2013
The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind.Philadelphia InquirerMay 20, 2013
How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so... bland? It's a puzzlement.Los Angeles TimesMay 20, 2013
Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved.Rolling StoneMay 20, 2013
It's always painful when a brilliant book becomes a bust of a movie.Baltimore SunMay 20, 2013
It's also a wretched paradox: a big budget, star-driven art film whose very elements subvert its ambitions and turn it into the thing it least wants to be -- a listless '50s-style Hollywood melodrama.Philadelphia Daily NewsMay 20, 2013
This isn't just a bad movie -- it's hugely, grandiosely, pompously bad.Film4May 20, 2013
Similar epics are made with more conviction and less pretension on daytime TV.Christian Science MonitorMay 20, 2013
The film version stresses political intrigue and revolutionary violence at The expense of the anything-goes dreaminess that gives the book its most memorable moments. A stellar cast doesn't help much.TV GuideMay 20, 2013
The story, from the best-selling novel by Isabel Allende, is purely incidental to the unintentionally hysterical stylings of this potential camp cult film. It's truly awful, and one shouldn't miss it for the world.Empire MagazineMay 20, 2013
Given the talents involved, the film's hesitations in style and consistent failure to really move must be counted as a major disappointment.
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