Crossroads - Paula Ortiz - Spain
Crossroads (De tu ventana a la mía, 2011)
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Leticia Dolera, Luisa Gavasa
Three women. Three ages. Three generations. One common ingredient: love and disappointment. Eurochannel invites you to enjoy three stories of profound romance and to discover how far can a person go for love with the premiere of Crossroads.
Crossroads follows three different stories. First is Inés, a woman living in 1940s Spain within a desertic region. After her husband is sent to prison, her struggles begin to cope with pregnancy, her expectations in a relationship, and a society that rejects her. There is also Violeta, a young woman living in the 1920s Spain under the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. She’s ill and lives with her grandfather, a strict academic man. When they provide shelter to a young man seeking an escape route to France to avoid serving in the army, they fall in love. Their love story complicates as soon as he leaves to study in Paris.
Finally, Luisa is an elder woman living in 1970s Spain. There are not many things to feel free under the Franco dictatorship – love is the only escape to freedom! Luisa fights cancer and her feelings for a local man.
This poignant film became a fan and critics favorite upon its release. Thanks to the superb acting of its protagonists and the original style of its director, Crossroads earned three nominations for the 2012 Goya Awards (the major event of the Spanish Academy) for best Directorial Debut, best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Song.
Though riveting dialogues and beautiful landscapes, the director delivers an intimate story of three women trapped in their universe. These characters reach a new dimension of reality thanks to the talents of award-winning actresses Maribel Verdú (The Pan’s Labyrinth), Leticia Dolera (REC 3 and Veronica), and Luisa Gavasa (The Ministry of Time and Dark Habits).
Three women, three eras, one fate. In 1923, Violeta falls in love with a young man trying to escape to France. In 1941, Ines lives in a desert waiting for her long-lost lover, Paco. In 1975, Luisa realizes she’s feared love all her life.