Little Ashes (2008)

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About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tía de Magdalena
Rubén Arroyo ...
Ana María
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In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite - Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their youthfully decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico - who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friend, Magdalena. In the face of his friends' preoccupations - and Federico's growing renown as a poet - Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town of ... Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Ishyri elxi  »

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€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,394 (USA) (8 May 2009)


$480,339 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Robert Pattinson admitted in German magazine "Interview" that he masturbated for real during the sex scene, because he found it impossible to fake an orgasm and the reactions of the body and face during that moment. See more »


[first lines]
Federico García Lorca: [whispering voiceover] Dry land, quiet land of immense night. Wind in the olive grove. Wind in the sierra.
[overlapping dialogue]
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Referenced in The DUFF (2015) See more »


Etude Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary) in C minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Pianist Felipe Browne
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The critics are WRONG!
9 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't always believe what the critics say. I have no explanation as to why some critics gave Little Ashes bad reviews other than it just wasn't your typical movie and they couldn't understand that.

This movie tells a beautiful and fascinating story (read the synopsis beforehand it helps).

The acting is excellent.

The accents sound/are authentic (when Dali sounds American or French that is done intentionally from what i hear.) oh, and it's an INDEPENDENT FILM! aka it's not necessarily going to be like every other dramatic film out there.

Go into it with an OPEN MIND. If you enjoy the previews you will probably enjoy the movie.

Go see it and form your own opinion. This movie is great but it isn't for everyone.

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