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We Are 18 Years Old (1959)
"Tenemos 18 años" (original title)

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Comedy about the surreal holiday of two teenage Spanish girls, where they meet a bizarre assortment of villains and new friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isana Medel ...
María José
Terele Pávez ...
Carmen Lozano ...
Polly Paterson / Lirio Blanco
Luis Peña ...
Luis Fernández, el atracador
Licia Calderón
Javier García
María Luisa Ponte ...
Madre de María José
Pablo Sanz
Mercedes Alonso ...
Mariano's girlfriend
Aníbal Vela
Juan José Vidal
Rufino Inglés
Emilia Rubio
Bárbara Orbís
Antonio Ozores ...
Primo Mariano


Comedy about the surreal holiday of two teenage Spanish girls, where they meet a bizarre assortment of villains and new friends.

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Comedy | Fantasy





Release Date:

20 February 1967 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Tenemos dieciocho años  »

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ESP 9,278 (Spain)

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Piano and clave solos
Written by Jesús Franco
Arranged and performed by Helmut Thiede
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Jess Franco's debut.
3 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

October 2013:

After watching my first ever titles by auteur film maker Jess Franco for Halloween,I decided to take a look at Franco IMDb,to find out what film marked his debut.Disapointingly finding that the movie had not come out on DVD/Video,I was thrilled to track down the flick online,only to discover that there were no subtitles available!

Easter 2014:

With having mentioned to a DVD seller months ago about my interest in seeing Franco's debut,I was thrilled to discover that he had located a version of the film with English subtitles,which led to me excitingly getting ready to finally see Uncle Jess first ever film.

The plot:

Bored of her lessons at university,18 year old Maria José decides to get a car from a fellow student, so that she and her 18 year old cousin Pili can go on their own high-road adventure.Initially thinking that it will be an easy-going ride,Maria and Pili soon discover that the road contains more bumps than either of them could ever have expected.

View on the film:

While he had not yet found his soon to be trademark "zoom" button on the camera,co-writer/(along with lead actor Antonio Ozores) composer/director Jess Franco shows a remarkable focus in keeping the film moving at a frantic pace,with Franco scattering the camera along María José (played by the charming Isana Medel) and Pili (played by the pretty Terele Pávez-who is still making movies!) delightful road adventure,with Franco making sure that their car never runs out of fuel,by the delivering a wonderful jazz score which bounces across the screen.Taking advantage of Maria and Pili's diversions on their travels,Franco strays into his first ever shot at Gothic Horror,with Franco showing a sharp eye in using murky colours which lead to the women realizing that they have taken a detour into an unknown path.

Featuring a genuine warmth which he would soon rip to shreds,Jess Franco and Antonio Ozores largely give the film an excellent light and fluffy atmosphere,with Pili and Maria's road adventures getting more bonkers with every turn they make.Made as dictator Jess Franco still had a firm grip on Spain,the ending of the title features an unexpectedly raw note,with Franco strongly hinting that two characters are suffering from the memories of the Spanish Civil War,which leads to Franco giving a glimpse of the Uncle Jess on the horizon.

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