The Sweet Sound of Death (1965)

THE SWEET SOUND OF DEATH (1965)
aka LA LLAMADA
Article 2172 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-25-2007
Posting Date: 7-24-2007
Directed by Javier Seto
Featuring Tota Alba, Emilio Guitierrez Caba, Dyanik Zurakowska

Two lovers make a vow that should one of them die, they will return to help the other one. The man then has a vision that the woman dies in an airplane crash. Then the woman reappears to him, very much alive. Or is she…?

Given the above plot description, you probably know the answer to the question already. And had this movie done nothing more than regurgitated a fairly obvious plot , I’d probably recommend that you not bother with this one. However, the movie does two things that make it worth viewing. First of all, the performances of the two leads (Dyanik Zurakowska and Emilio Gutierrez Caba) are extremely good; even though they’re being dubbed, their body language and playful encounters really make their relationship seem convincing, and you end up really caring about them and what happens to them. Secondly, the movie does have a few other tricks up its sleeve in the story department, so there are some surprises along the way. I really like certain scenes here; there’s a scene where the man learns the truth at the airport, and I like how the movie handles the reactions of those he’s dealing with to his reaction; it’s the opposite of what usually happens in cases like this. I also like the man’s encounter with his lover’s family, and the way his doctor friend reacts to the various situations. This is one I found truly enjoyable and interesting.

 

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