Our Father | Chicago Reader

Our Father

Two icons of the Spanish cinema—Fernando Rey and Francisco Rabal—together for the first time since, I believe, Buñuel's Viridiana. Rey is a cynical cardinal who comes back to his native village with the vague intention of patching things up with his illegitimate daughter, a flamboyant prostitute (Victoria Abril) who works in the local brothel; Rabal is his brother, an equally cynical leftist whose main interest in life is needling his sibling. The mildly blasphemous material isn't much of an addition to the Spanish tradition of anticlericalism, and Francisco Regueiro's direction, polished but impersonal, doesn't find any surprises in it, but just watching these two canny old hams sharing a shot is pleasure enough. With Emma Penella and Rafaela Aparicio.

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