Goya's Ghosts

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Released 2006

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Director:
Milos Forman
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Goya's Ghosts is a 2007 drama directed by Milos Forman. During the Spanish Inquisition, Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard) is a renowned painter who likes to use attractive Ines (Natalie Portman) as his muse. When Ines refuses to eat pork in a tavern, the Inquisitors think that she is trying to spread the teaching of Judaism and torture her until she confesses. Ines's father, Tomas (Jose Luis Gomez), then asks Goya for help getting his daughter out of prison. Since Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem), the trainer of Inquisition spies, has defended Goya in the past, Goya asks the monk to come to Ines's aid. Although Lorenzo initially appears like he is going to help Ines, he soon reveals that he thinks that she is guilty due to her confession. Goya and Tomas struggle to find a way to show Lorenzo that Ines's confession was false and that she should not be condemned.

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  • 70

    Variety Jonathan Holland

    Ambitious script is stranded between entertainment and intellectualism, leaving us with a magnificent folly, thoroughly watchable for its visuals but ultimately hollow.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Lavish production and wardrobe design, as well as beautiful cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe make Goya's Ghosts lovely to look at, but as a portrait of the artist, the movie ...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    An unwieldy mix of political satire and lavish period soap opera.

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    Arts, Drama

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    Painting, Biography