The House of the Spirits
THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (15)
D: Billie August
Neue Constantin/Spring Creek (Bernd Eichinger)
W: Billie August [based on the novel by Isabel Allende]
DP: Jörgen Persson
Ed: Janus Billeskov Jansen
Mus: Hans Zimmer
PD: Anna Asp
Jeremy Irons (Esteban Trueba), Mery Streep (Clara del Valle Trueba), Glenn Close (Ferula Trueba), Winona Ryder (Blanca Trueba), Antonio Banderas (Pedro Tercero Garcia)
Turgid, overlong, miscast period drama about a Chilean family's rise to power against a background of political upheaval and their inevitable fall from grace.
Supposedly the book it was based on was rather well received, but the film was a huge flop, and deservedly so. An embarrassment of performances from an otherwise very capable cast. Oscar-bait which fell well short of its potential.