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The House of the SpiritsThe House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende's South American saga of passion and power-mongering, is as flat as the pampas themselves under...The House of the SpiritsRomance, Drama, Sci-fi and FantasyRThe House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende's South American saga of passion and power-mongering, is as flat as the pampas themselves under...1994-08-12

The House of the Spirits

Genre: Romance, Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Winona Ryder, Meryl Streep; Director: Bille August; MPAA Rating: R

The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende’s South American saga of passion and power-mongering, is as flat as the pampas themselves under Danish Bille August’s direction. The movie, featuring completely miscast actors (Meryl Streep as a clairvoyant, Jeremy Irons as a full-blooded patriarch, Glenn Close as a dour old maid), is like an endless trailer. No scene ever lasts long enough, or connects to another, to create a narrative force. And the movie, which misses the book’s magic realism, is incredulously, laughably non-Latin. D

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