Archive of films Unconscious / Inconscientes

Spain / Germany / Portugal / Italy
2004, 108 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2005

Barcelona, 1913. Ecstasy is patented in Germany, the bra beats out the corset, and Sigmund Freud finds out that sex is to blame for everything. Psychiatrist Leon Pardo decides to follow in his footsteps, and one day he abandons his pregnant wife Alma without a word of explanation....


Barcelona, 1913. An actress with a persecution complex; a psychotic woman who’s trying to kill her husband; a woman in a deep sexual identity crisis; and a foreigner who has just discovered a terrible secret from her past.... These are the four key patients that psychiatrist Leon Pardo used for his unfinished study dealing with hysteria and female sexuality. The manuscript he left behind is the only clue to discovering why he suddenly decided to abandon his pregnant wife Alma and disappear as if off the face of the earth. It happened after visiting Vienna; there he discovered Sigmund Freud and his scandalous theories. Alma, however, is determined to find her husband, and with the help of her brother-in-law Salvador, likewise a psychiatrist, she launches an investigation that blends together hypnosis, love, danger and every taboo imaginable.... Alma is played by Leonor Watling, known from Pedro Almodóvar’s two last films Talk to Her and Bad Education.

About the director

Joaquín Oristrell (b. 1958, Barcelona) has written 20 comedies since 1989, some of which have aired on Czech Television: Antonio Mercero’s Don Juan, My Dear Ghost (Don Juan, mi querido fantasma, 1990) and Salsa rosa (1992), directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira. Indeed, he has written for Pereira most often, including Why Do They Call It Love When They Mean Sex? (¿Por qué lo llaman amor cuando quieren decir sexo?, 1993), Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (El amor perjudica seriamente la salud, 1997), and Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena (2004). He debuted as a director with What Makes Women Laugh? (¿De qué se ríen las mujeres?, 1997), followed by Novios (1999), No Shame (Sin verguenza, 2003), Los abajo firmantes (2003), and Unconscious (Inconscientes, 2004). Oristrell took part in a project with 33 other Spanish directors, Hay motivo! (2004), a mosaic of contemporary Spain.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Joaquín Oristrell
Screenplay: Joaquín Oristrell, Teresa de Pelegrí, Dominic Harari
Dir. of Photography: Jaume Peracaula
Music: Sergio Moure
Editor: Miguel Ángel Santamaría
Producer: Gerardo Herrero
Production: Tornasol Films
Cast: Leonor Watling, Luis Tósar, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Núria Prims, Mercedes Sampietro, Alex Brendemühl
Contact: Latido Films

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