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The period prior to the Spanish Civil War provides the background setting for Nick Hamm's historical romantic drama. Young Irish governess Mary Lavelle (Polly Walker) arrives in Spain and begins a year of employment with the wealthy Areavaga family. Under the romantic spell of Spain, Mary develops a fascination for handsome Francisco (Vincent Perez), the Areavago family's married son. Francisco is attracted to Mary, and their doomed love affair is conducted amid skirmishes and street riots as war clouds gather. The Ann Guedes/Frank McGuinness screenplay is adapted from the 1937 novel, Mary Lavelle by Kate O'Brien (1897-1974). The book was reprinted in 1984 by Virago. This film was actually made in 1996 and then bumped by Miramax through numerous release dates over a two-year span before finally surfacing in theaters in 1998. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:October 30, 1998


Polly Walker
as Mary Lavelle
Vincent Perez
as Francisco Areavaga
Franco Nero
as Dr. Vicente Areavaga
Marisa Paredes
as Dona Consuelo
Leire Berrocal
as Milagros
Penélope Cruz
as Pilar
Frances McDormand
as Conlon
Ruth McCabe
as O'Toole
Francisco Rabal
as Don Jorge
Ariadna Gil
as Beatriz
Rossy de Palma
as Elena


Nick Hamm
Patrick Cassavetti
Frank McGuinness
Ann Guedes
Trevor Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Gerry Hambling
Michael Howells
Production Designer
Linda Bruce
Associate Producer
Donna Gigliotti
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Totty Whately
Set Designer
Lala Huete
Costume Designer
Liz Waller
Costume Designer
Peter Glossop
Sound/Sound Designer
Javier Chinchilla
First Assistant Director
Mary Selway