Release dateApril 21, 1977 Spain
March 11, 1983 NYC WriterCarlos Saura (screenplay), Carlos Saura (story) Music directorErik Satie, Giorgio Mainiero CastFernando Rey (Luis), Geraldine Chaplin (Elisa Santamaría), Isabel Mestres (Isabel), Norman Briski (Antonio), Ana Torrent (Elisa) Similar moviesRelated Carlos Saura movies
Elisa, vida mía is a 1977 Spanish drama film written and directed by Carlos Saura. The film stars Saura's long-term companion and frequent collaborator, Geraldine Chaplin. She stars alongside, Fernando Rey who won the Best Actor award at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival for his performance.
On a secluded farmhouse in Castile and León, Luis is reuinted with his estranged daughter, Elisa after a 20-year separation. On the farmhouse, Luis writes what appears at times to be both an autobiography and a novel. The book is played out, with memories of the past, such as when Luis walked out on his family and is mixed with fantasies about Elisa's adult life as well as her failed marriage.
Geraldine Chaplin : Elisa Santamaria/ mother of Elisa
Fernando Rey : Luis
Ana Torrent : Elisa as child
Norman Briski : Antonio
Arantxa Escamilla : Niña Isabel
Jacobo Escamilla : Niño
Francisco Guijar : Médico
Joaquín Hinojosa : Julián
Vincent Canby of The New York Times praised Chaplin and Rey; "The main reasons to see the film are the two leading performances. Mr. Rey is always an interesting presence, and Miss. Chaplin as in all of her Saura films, reveals qualities of feeling, control and beauty that no other directors have ever found."
Saura was nominated for the Palme d'Or for the film, and won Best Director at Spain's Cinema Writers Circle Awards.