MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,346 this week

If They Tell You I Fell (1989)
"Si te dicen que caí" (original title)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 239 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 71 titles
created 22 Mar 2011
 
a list of 1057 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 21 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 73 titles
created 13 Oct 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: If They Tell You I Fell (1989)

If They Tell You I Fell (1989) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of If They Tell You I Fell.
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Sarah Taylor, a police psychologist, meets a mysterious and seductive young man, Tony Ramirez, and falls in love with him. As a result of this relationship, she changes her personality when... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Antonio Banderas, Dennis Miller
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the ... See full summary »

Director: Betty Kaplan
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connelly, Stefania Sandrelli
Intruso (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In childhood and youth, the three were "the inseparables." Luisa married Ángel, then two years later, she left him to marry Ramiro. After ten years, Ángel reappears, back from South America... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Victoria Abril, Imanol Arias, Antonio Valero
Celos (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A month before he's to marry Carmen, Antonio finds a photograph of a man with his arm on her shoulder. The photograph triggers jealousy: he questions Carmen, Carman's friend Cinta, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, María Botto
Matador (1986)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ex-bullfighter who is getting turned on by killing, lady lawyer with same problem and young man driven insane by over-religious upbringing - these are the main characters in this stylish ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martínez
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Imanol Arias, Ornella Muti, Loles León
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Desideria, a married Spanish woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life, goes to Istanbul where she meets Yaman, a Turkish tourist guide, who makes her discover new physical ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Ana Belén, Georges Corraface, Ramon Madaula
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a Spanish judge has the courage to look into a political murder...

Director: Pedro Costa
Stars: Agustín González, Fernando Guillén, Muntsa Alcañiz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Rodolfo Kuhn
Stars: Héctor Alterio, Joaquín Hinojosa, Antonio Banderas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Antonio del Real
Stars: Juanjo Menéndez, Antonio Gamero, Alfonso Cabeza
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Seventeen year old boy follows the painful path to discovering that he is transsexual

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Victoria Abril, Lou Castel, Fernando Sancho
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Menchu / Ramona / Aurora Nin
Jorge Sanz ...
Daniel Javaloyes 'Java'
...
Marcos
Javier Gurruchaga ...
Conrado-Señor Galán
Guillermo Montesinos ...
Fusam
Joan Miralles ...
Nadal
Ferran Rañé ...
Taylor
...
Palau
Carlos Tristancho ...
Sendra
...
Sarnita
...
Fueguiña
Luis Giralte ...
Luis
Marc Barahoma ...
Mingo
Ariadna Navarro ...
Juanita
Cesáreo Estébanez ...
Ñito
Edit

Storyline

In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). These tales mix war stories, local gossip, comic book characters, fantasy and real events. The "aventis" told in this film are told in flashback. In the mid 80s, 45 or so years after the age of the "aventis," a doctor and a nurse-nun (who grew up together, and now are co-workers in a hospital) identify the corpse of one of the main characters of the "aventis" of their childhood and adolescence. Besides the interesting flashbacks - a chronical of the Civil War in a "typical" Barcelona microcosm itself, the discovery of this body (belonging to someone long presumed dead) leads to other surprises and unresolved doubts, several decades later. Written by Guy33134

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 September 1989 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Aventis  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

ESP 115,993,370 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in ¿Qué fue de Jorge Sanz?: Orzuelo (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Confusing Period of History Made Even More Confusing!
18 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Si te dicen que caí' ('If they tell you I fell') aka AVENTIS is a very long film made in 1989 by Vicente Aranda based on the novel by Juan Marsé AVENTIS. Apparently 'aventis' are stories created by bored youths in post civil war Barcelona who try to explain historical events mixed liberally with fiction, fantasy, superhero characters, and smoldering sex. In this case the aventis are re-workings of the Spanish Civil War history, a time span than runs from 1936 to 1940 to 1970 to the present. To understand the progress of events would take a straightforward documentary: toss in the concept of 'aventis' as made up by youngsters and the storyline is impossible to follow.

Perhaps in another director's hands, one less associated with his own political leanings, this film concept could have worked. It does, after all, have a cast of some of Spain's finest actors - Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Juan Diego Botto, Jorge Sanz, Javier Gurruchaga, Lluís Homar and many others less well known now. There are so many crosscurrent stories lines that keeping the characters straight is a major problem. We see Jorge Sanz as a paid performer in a brothel: he performs bizarre sexual acts with the very pregnant Victoria Abril to satisfy a voyeur customer peeking through the curtains, yet we also see Sanz and Abril as lovers. The rise and fall of Franco, the conflicts of WW II fascism, communism, democratic republic, and all the machinations of politics and subterfuge and heroism and death make such an odd stew that finally filters down to the death and autopsy of a prostitute by a disturbed doctor....it just goes on and on.

The film is just being released on DVD and the color transfer and quality of film suffer. But those are technical items than can be easily forgiven if the movie itself were more worth watching. Doubtless those viewers who are well grounded in Spanish history from 1936 - 1989 will get much more out of what is probably a fine parody of a country at odds with itself. But for the casual viewer, looking at the film as a piece of Latin surrealism would be the only reason to view it. In Spanish or dubbed English (bah!) with no subtitles as option offered. Running time 120 minutes! Grady Harp


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss If They Tell You I Fell (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?