MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,284 this week

The Blind Sunflowers (2008)
"Los girasoles ciegos" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 August 2008 (Spain)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 784 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 8 critic

Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation), (adaptation), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 07 Apr 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 12 May 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
 
a list of 335 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Blind Sunflowers (2008)

The Blind Sunflowers (2008) on IMDb 6.3/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Blind Sunflowers.
8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Elena
...
Ricardo
Raúl Arévalo ...
Salvador
...
Lorenzo
José Ángel Egido ...
Rector
...
Lalo (as Martín Rivas)
...
Elenita
Juan Antonio Quintana
Fernando Ransanz
David Janer ...
Falangista
Ricardo de Barreiro ...
Fernández
Miguel de Lira ...
Hermano
Fanny de Castro ...
Tía Lola
Carmen Losa ...
Sobrina
Mario Roldán
Edit

Storyline

Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling in the front, returns to seminary in Ourense. Written by McArty

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Los girasoles ciegos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

José Luis Cuerda and Maribel Verdú simultaneously suggested Raúl Arévalo for the role. See more »

Soundtracks

Tatuaje
Music by Manuel L. Quiroga
Lyrics by Rafael de León and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Concha Piquer
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Uninspired
15 February 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A Spanish post-war drama directed by Jose Luis Cuerda and based on the novel of Alberto Mendez of the same title.

The story is set in the Spanish city of Orense, in Northern Spain, in the 1940s, and tells the story of a family of communists struggling to survive after the victory of the fascists in 1939. The father Ricardo -played by Javier Camera- declared dead, lives hidden in the family basement with his subversive and prohibited books, and types works on his wife's behalf to earn some money. The mother, Elena -played by Maribel Verdu- lives and acts as a widow who makes ends meet by sewing and typing. Their teenage daughter Elenita and her boyfriend Lalo -played by Irene Escolar and Martin Rivas- are involved in guerrilla activities but try to escape the country, while child Lorenzo -played by Roger Princep- goes to the children school in town. There, Gonzalo gets the eye of Fr Salvador -played by Raul Arevalo- a seminarian and fascist ex-soldier who feels immediately attracted to Elena.

The script is mediocre with stereotypical characters, predictable plot and events, and, most importantly, without emotion or heart. A soulless movie despite telling a story that should be moving and thought-provoking, and it ends being just pretentious. Nothing new in the exploration of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

Regarding the acting, Maribel Verdú and Javier Camera do not believe what they are playing, and their performances are mediocre, much below their acting abilities and quality. Raul Arevalo is good in his portray of the confused tempted priest. The rest of the supporting actors are OK in their roles, but child Roger Princep was awful to watch.

There is nothing excellent or memorable about the film, just mediocrity. To be honest, the things I liked the most about this film were its atmosphere, the views of the Orense's city, and the title. While watching this movie I thought of a similar movie which, instead, showed all what this lacked in this - the Butterfly's Tongue.

Despite the script being so poor, perhaps because the novel was not, the scriptwriters won a Goya -the Spanish Oscar- to the best script in 2008. The movie was also selected to represent the Spanish cinema in the Oscars in the same year, but did not make the final cut.


0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can't Wait Queen_Sindel
Discuss The Blind Sunflowers (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?