Killing Grandpa

on March 28, 1997 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   A rich family patriarch lies suspended between life and death after a failed suicide; his family await his death with impatience. But the old man's loyal driver spirits his stepsister, who has supernatural powers, out of an asylum and into the Don's mansion. With spells and sexual ministrations, she brings him back to "life."
   Hollywood's take on this, "Greedy," played as a sex farce: nubile girl seduces randy old goat and outwits the avaricious relatives. But "Killing Grandpa" is a melancholy concoction that philosophizes on rigidity vs. existence. Unsentimental and languidly paced, this is a predictable but finely wrought romantic fantasy.    Starring Federico Luppi and Ines Estevez. Directed by Luis Cesar D'Angiolillo. Written by Ariel Sienra and Luis Cesar D'Angiolillo. Produced by Pablo Rovito and Claudia Kohen. A Tara release. Drama. Spanish-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 114 min.
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