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Valentina (1982)

PG | | Drama | 30 November 1985 (Japan)
In 1939, in a French prison camp, José Garcés of the defeated Spanish Republican army raises the spirits of his fellow prisoners by telling the story of the year he was 8 years old, 1911, ... See full summary »

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Lautaro Murúa (screenplay), Antonio José Betancor (screenplay) (as Antonio Betancor) | 3 more credits »
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Anthony Quinn ... Mosen Joaquín
Jorge Sanz ... Pepe
Paloma Gómez ... Valentina
Saturno Cerra Saturno Cerra ... Don José
Concha Leza Concha Leza ... Doña Luisa (as Conchita Leza)
Alfred Lucchetti ... Don Arturo (as Alfredo Lucchetti)
Marisa de Leza ... Doña Julia
Eusebio Poncela ... Narrador
Concha Hidalgo ... Tía Ignacia
Luis Ciges ... Médico
María Rubio María Rubio ... Valentina - adulta
Emilio Fornet Emilio Fornet ... Pastor
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal ... Garcés
Teresa González Teresa González ... Cocinera
Rafael Vaquero Rafael Vaquero ... Alcalde (as Rafael Vakero)
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In 1939, in a French prison camp, José Garcés of the defeated Spanish Republican army raises the spirits of his fellow prisoners by telling the story of the year he was 8 years old, 1911, in a small town in northeastern Spain. He was a rascal, baffling his father, always in trouble, and in love with Valentina, a neighbor girl. On his roof top at night he sends semaphore messages to her. He writes poems. He gets them into trouble, killing her father's breeding pigeons. When the two families camp at a decaying castle, his tutor, a sympathetic priest, tells him about the most valiant men, the saints, the heroes, and the poets. Already a poet, he learns a lesson about being a hero. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Where's the ending?
25 October 2000 | by mdamien13See all my reviews

Valentina is a film that touches the heart without degenerating into a sappy melodrama. It follows a free-spirited rascal growing up in Spain who falls in love with Valentina, a daughter in a family that's friends with his. The actors who portray these two children do an excellent job, as does Anthony Quinn as the priest who is seemingly the only adult who can communicate with the young boy. Betancor does an excellent job in capturing the innocence of youth and the purity of childhood infatuations. The only problem I have with it is that it ends very abruptly when a more suitable ending would have made this a perfect film. Despite the abrupt ending, this is one of the best films I've watched and I highly recommend it to everybody.


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