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Directed by Vicente Aranda
Produced by Juan Alexander
Written by Vicente Aranda
Joaquim Jordà
Prosper Mérimée (novel)
Starring Paz Vega
Leonardo Sbaraglia
Antonio Dechent
Joan Crosas
Jay Benedict
Music by José Nieto
Cinematography Paco Femenia
Editing by Teresa Font
Distributed by The Walt Disney Company
Release date(s) Spain October 3, 2003
Running time 119 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish, Basque, French

Carmen is a 2003 film about the classical romance of the same name by Prosper Mérimée. Director Vicente Aranda bases the plot on Mérimée's original novella from 1847 (i.e. prior to Bizet's opera from 1875), changing some details about the love story between Carmen (Paz Vega) and José (Leonardo Sbaraglia). Further adaptations include the introduction of author Mérimée (Jay Benedict) into the plot, who is portrayed as a French author who finds the "real" Carmen in early 19th century Spain, and changing José's nationality from French to Basque.

While the quality of technical realization and costumes was acknowledged, viewers criticized the actors' performance, the lack of chemistry between the two main characters, and problems of the plot.[1][2][3] The film is rated in several countries for scenes including nudity.

The film was voted the People's Favourite Film at the 2004 Birmingham Screen Festival.[4]


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