The Grandfather (El Abuelo)
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THE GRANDFATHER tells the story of love, friendship, honor and betrayal within one powerful family spanning three generations. Director Jose Luis Garci's tale is set within the rich historical context of turn of the century Spain. The old Count of Albrit, now penniless and almost blind, returns from Peru where he has lost his large fortune. While he is pleased to meet his charming granddaughters, Nelly and Dolly, he is burdened by a secret that surrounds them. When the Count was still in America, his only son died. Upon his death, his few belongings, including an unfinished letter, were… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A rueful, funny and deeply moving fable."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The slack pacing keeps the 'touching' from developing into something more deeply affecting."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Both a moving story of old age and a juicy portrait of skeletons in an aristocratic family closet."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An often lovely, often frustrating, old-school melodrama about love and honor."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"In the final stage of his life the elderly protagonist learns a thing or two about time, friendship and blood ties."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Never fully quickens into a work of sustained emotion."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"A prettily shot soap opera that spends 2 hours telling a story that would be more effective in 90 minutes."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Brilliant to look at and compellingly written."
‑ , E! Online
"The actors are skilled, but defeated by the stereotyped characterizations and the leaden, cliché-ridden dialogue."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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