Eavesdropping On Barcelona

Judy Davis swirls around Gaudi façades, eccentric lives, and sexual ambiguity

Susan Seidelman sets her lens on Spain one Afternoon
Susan Seidelman sets her lens on Spain one Afternoon

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Closing the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival May 5, at 9:00 p.m.
The Colony Theater

It's at that point that Gaudi Afternoon shows its best side and also reveals what's missing: When a film is blessed with an actor of Judy Davis's stature, it's best to use that talent, not hide it. With her lovely, weathered face and quiet persona, her Cassandra is the modern heir to the old Western gunslinger, the middle-age, single woman as loner/hero. Instead of wandering through the empty, vast Western prairie, Davis gives the impression that she's traveling through an emotional emptiness: tough, self-sufficient, wounded. She's got scores to settle in her own life. Like the cowboys before her, she kisses the girl, packs up, and heads out. She doesn't ride off into the sunset; she flies off in a plane. But the feeling's the same. Gaudi Afternoon doesn't reach that level of mythology. It does suggest what might lie ahead as cinema develops. But for now Gaudi Afternoon is meant to be enjoyed, like our wacky, unpredictable lives, flaws and all.

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