(276) GREENHOUSE [Invernadero] (1983) Carla Dey & Victor Israel
Spanish title: EL INVERNADERO [The Greenhouse]
director: Santiago Lapeira
starring: Ovidi Montllor · Berta Cabre · Carla Dey (Carmen Serret) ·
Victor Israel · Alfred Lucchetti · Sara Mart
one was originally planned as a sequel to MORBUS
(made earlier in the year) with much of the same cast [including Carla
Dey, Victor Israel]. Actor Mon Ferre - who played Juan in that movie -
was set to be Carlos Jiménez in this one; however, his imposing
build simply was not right for the nerdy character. The director replaced
him with Ovidi Montllor and a slew of script rewrites began. Mon Ferre
moved to a behind-the-scenes position [electrician/technical director]
where he would remain for the rest of career. Interestingly, he eventually
found himself in Hong Kong working as a technician for Jackie Chan on
movies like Meals of Wheels.
has earned a reputation for its quirkiness. But it's also jaw-droppingly
bad cinema. The story deals with a nerd named Carlos who spends most of
his time obsessing over his neighbor Berta. She lives directly across
from his apartment building and he's got a direct view into her place.
Carlos secretly snaps pictures of her in various stages of undress. One
evening, on his way home, Carlos sees Berta in the middle of a fight on
the sidewalk with her brute-of-a-boyfriend. Carlos attempts to 'save'
her without realizing it's all a cruel joke that will end badly. Carlos
and Berta start a strange masochistic relationship that oddly culminates
with a deadly prank played in a neighborhood greenhouse.
[spoiler alert:] Carlos and Berta are killed inside the greenhouse
and they both turn into plants... talking plants... and begin bickering
like George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
He then threatens to lure someone else to the greenhouse so he can have
a new female companion; she retaliates by attempting to snag her ex-boyfriend
through telepathy. And no. This is NOT a comedy.
film with English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut 76 minutes,
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras include selected
for Mature Audiences