The Grandfather (El Abuelo)
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Rodrigo de Arista (Fernando Fernan-Gomez) is an elderly Spanish gentleman who went to the United States in hopes of cashing in on the gold rush, but returned to Northern Spain with very little to show for his efforts. He discovers upon his arrival that his son has died, leaving behind a wife, Lucrecia (Cayetana Guillen-Cuervo) and two daughters. However, a note from his late son informs Rodrigo that he fathered one of the children, but the other is a bastard that his wife conceived in an adulterous relationship with a French painter. Rodrigo is determined to find out which of the two children… 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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