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Summer Rain (2006)

El camino de los ingleses (original title)
A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.

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Luli
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Paco Frontón
Raúl Arévalo ...
Fran Perea ...
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La Cuerpo
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Moratalla
Antonio Garrido ...
Cardona
Antonio Zafra ...
Enano Martínez
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Cuca Escribano ...
Fina
Lucio Romero ...
Abuelo
Romay Rodríguez ...
Rafi (as Ronky Rodríguez)
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A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.

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Óscar Faura, the second unit director of photography, had the main mission of shooting with freedom whatever he thought it was visually interesting, and not to worry about coverage, because the cinematographer Xavi Giménez was doing that. Faura carried an ear piece through which Banderas would told him to catch this and that. See more »

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A Complete Surprise
12 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I approached my viewing of this film with trepidation. The preview description I had read filled with me little confidence that I would enjoy it as I was expecting something quite sentimental. Also, films directed by actors often disappoint as their focus is usually on the acting performances and not the appearance of the film. But, to my surprise, what was most impressive about Summer Rain was the strong visual style of the director Antonio Banderas. His use of vibrant colours, striking vistas, dream scapes and powerful, haunting imagery made the film a true delight. Based on a prize winning Spanish novel and set in Banderas' home town, Malaga, it is apparent that the novel resonated deeply with Banderas. His passion for the work is evident in every scene. The cinematography is superb and the use of the widescreen aspect ratio contributes significantly to the rendering of what must have been rich source material. I now long for an English translation of the novel. Based on what I've seen Banderas attempt to do in this film, it seems that the book must have been a challenging adaptation. Voice-over is something I don't care for normally, but the elusive nature of the voice-over text in Summer Rain was a major factor in making this film such a pleasure. Rather than explain actions and motives, the periodic comments by the narrator (called Throat) heightened the atmospherics of the film. The choice of actors was excellent and all turn in performances that serve the themes of the film. Special mention has to go to Victoria Abril, who has played opposite Banderas before so many years ago. She is marvellous and lights up the screen with her evocation of the alluring older woman. I hope Antonio Banderas can find more projects to immerse himself in. His passionate rendering of Summer Rain suggests that he is a director to watch out for.


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