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Lovers: A True Story (1991)

Amantes (original title)
1950s Madrid: After military service, Paco looks for work to save up and marry his fiancée. She rejects his sexual advances. So when he rents a room with a cute widow making advances, he caves in.


Vicente Aranda


Álvaro del Amo (as Alvaro del Amo), Vicente Aranda | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Abril ... Luisa
Jorge Sanz ... Paco
Maribel Verdú ... Trini
Enrique Cerro Enrique Cerro ... Comandante
Mabel Escaño Mabel Escaño ... Esposa Comandante
Alicia Agut Alicia Agut ... Madre Trini
José Cerro José Cerro ... Minuta
Gabriel Latorre Gabriel Latorre ... Gordo
Saturnino García ... Pueblerino
Ricard Borràs ... Individuo Bar (as Ricard Borrás)
Lucas Martín Lucas Martín ... Javier
Jorge Juan García Jorge Juan García ... Ignacio
Cosme Cortázar Cosme Cortázar ... Capataz
Carmen Ibarra Carmen Ibarra ... Mujer Estanco
Fernando Hernández Fernando Hernández ... Hombre Estanco


Set in '50s Spain, a young man (Sanz) leaves the army and looks for a job so he and his fiancée (Verdu) can get married. He rents a room from a widow (Abril), and shortly begins a torrid affair with her. The fiancée figures it out and decides to win him back by offering herself to him and taking him to meet her family. Ultimately he has to make a decision. Based on a true story. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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To this date (2019), is the Best Picture Goya winner with the least number of Goyas, just two (Picture and Director). See more »


The film is set in 1955 but an early-1970s VW bus drives past Madrid station. See more »


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A love triangle
19 April 2002 | by robin_a1See all my reviews

Pure country catholic virginal Spanish innocent girl meets hot sexy mature land lady who's after her boy. Of course it all ends in disaster because these guys are Spanish. This film is very moving for young Spanish girls because they recognize real life here. It says you can experience freedom through sex but you have to know what you're doing. Unfortunately Spanish mothers are very conservative and you're lucky if they tell you about the "curse". A nasty surprise for girls. In this film it may be tenfold, so Spanish mothers, get a grip and educate! If not, light a candle and pray because the world is changing even in Spain. Sex is healthy and normal. Punishment is weird! Isn't it? My girlfriend is Spanish and she knows what this film means.

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12 April 1991 (Spain) See more »

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