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Clara y Férula

Directed by

Ivan Maryanov

Produced by

Godofredo Mariano Productions

Written by

Godofredo

Release date

November 25, 2015

Starring

Olga Grisenko
Dmitriya Shevchova
Godofredo

Budget

m30 million

Box office income

m199 million

Duration

100 minutes

Distributor

Margovyan National Pictures

Clara y Férula (English: Clara and Férula) is a 2015 Margovyan film directed by Ivan Maryanov, written by Godofredo, and starring Olga Grisenko and Dmitriya Shevchova as the titular characters. The characters' names (Clara del Valle and Férula Trueba) are taken from the 1982 novel The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, and the two women soon find themselves going through events similar to those experienced by their namesakes in the aforementioned novel.

PlotEdit

Clara del Valle (Olga Grisenko) and Férula Trueba (Dmitriya Shevchova) are two women in their thirties living vastly different lives: Clara is an absent-minded woman who often forgets to do her chores and housework while Férula is a spinster who still lives with and cares for her arthritis-ridden mother whose last refuge from her perceived injustices of the world is the Catholic Church. But their lives are soon about to collide when they go to a bookshop to buy The House of the Spirits for different reasons: Clara wants to buy the book as a gift to a friend while Férula wants to learn more about the character after which she was named.

Clara and Férula search for copies of The House of the Spirits throughout Santiago, only to learn that the book has mysteriously sold out. Eventually, both of them make their way to a small and antique bookshop and end up grabbing the last copy of the novel in the shop. The women get into a quarrel about who got the book first until the Bookseller (Godofredo), the mysterious proprietor of the shop, offers them both "special" first editions of the novel once he listens to their reasons for wanting the book. Both Clara and Férula skim through their books to get to grips with the exact nature of the novel.

Clara returns home to find a dog waiting for her at the doorstep. She adopts the dog and names it Barrabás, unaware of the significance of the dog of the same name in The House of the Spirits. Meanwhile, Férula's brother, Teban (Vladislav Nenadovic) returns from working in the mines and declares his intention to marry someone, anyone, to carry on the family name. Férula and Teban happen to meet Clara during a football match, and Teban is immediately attracted to Clara, and Clara unexpectedly feels the same for Teban. Teban proposes to Clara soon after, surprising both families.

Clara and Teban's marriage is one of the biggest events in Santiago for the year, and they soon settle into the married life. Unfortunately for Teban, Clara, who has never been the most interested when it comes to performing household chores, can't be bothered to pick up the broom even now that she is married. Férula, who finds herself "strangely compelled" towards Clara, offers to move in with the newlyweds to help them out; Teban is reluctant but Clara agrees when Férula invites her for some tea and snacks.

Férula moves into Clara and Teban's house and takes care of the chores for the couple. Through all this, though, Férula struggles to reconcile her "attraction" to Clara with her fervent religious beliefs. One day, Clara brings home her dog Barrabás, who has grown to the size of a small pony, surprising both Férula and Teban. Férula suddenly remembers something about an ever-growing dog in The House of the Spirits, and she immediately goes to read her copy once again and slowly begins to realize that her life and Clara's is slowly beginning to imitate their namesakes' lives in the novel.

Clara and Férula track down the Bookseller to find out more about what's happening to them, but when they reach his bookstore, they find the shop in the process of closing. The Bookseller tells them that business had been slow ever since the girls bought The House of the Spirits, and that he has no explanation for the things happening to them. The girls don't believe him, but as he refuses to talk about the topic, they are forced to drop it.

CastEdit

Clara is a quiet and aloof woman who often neglects basic aspects of her own life such as housekeeping. When she gets a copy of The House of the Spirits from a mysterious bookseller, she soon finds that she has gained the paranormal abilities of her novel namesake such as the ability to see monsters and spirits and look into the future, and she also experiences a sudden irrational desire to never speak to anyone who hurts her.

Férula is a devout Catholic who cares for her ailing mother and resents the fact that, being the woman, she has to be the one to sacrifice instead of her brother. She wishes to buy a copy of The House of the Spirits to learn more about the character after which her parents named her, and she soon realizes that she is having strange feelings for the woman whom she nearly fought for the last copy of the novel.

The Bookseller is a mysterious figure who runs the bookshop where Clara and Férula end up meeting and almost fighting for the last copy of The House of the Spirits. He is the one who offers them "special editions" of the novel to end their quarrel, and it is also implied that he has some kind of power to make people experience the lives of the characters whom they most relate to.

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