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At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »

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Vicente Aranda

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Pilar
Victoria Abril ... Floren
Ariadna Gil ... María
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Aura
Laura Mañá Laura Mañá ... Concha
Loles León ... Charo
Jorge Sanz ... Obrero Hijo
José Sancho ... Obrero padre
Joan Crosas Joan Crosas ... Boina
Antonio Dechent ... Faneca
Miguel Bosé ... Cura secretario de Durruti
Paco Bas Paco Bas ... Un miliciano
Greg Charles Greg Charles ... Reportero extranjero
Claudia Gravy ... Madama del burdel
Francisco Maestre Francisco Maestre ... Obispo
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At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the group and eventually goes to the front. The women's group faces the problems of fighting not only the nationalists, but also factions on the left seeking to impose a more traditional military structure. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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El corazón de la memoria

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 1997 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos de Guerra See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Pilar: I'm going to explain, so listen well. We don't see why the revolution is in the hands of only half the population. We are anarchists, but we are also women and we want to make our revolution. Not have men make it for us. We don't want a struggle designed to fit the male because we'll be fucked, as always. We want to fight so that we can claim our part in the share-out. And we want to make it clear that just now we're beside ourselves with joy and it would be a mistake to keep us at home ...
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A grandiose epic about the Spanish Civil War
4 May 2000 | by ElianaMSee all my reviews

This film, an impressive epic about the Spanish Civil War, focuses on the roles of women in the conflict. Thus, the title which translates to "Female Libertarians." This is probably the definitive film on the subject, with all its flaws. Some critics may see the film as "overkill" since it features extreme examples of female suffering, as well as extreme characterizations of the female center and left-wing fighters in the war. The characters include bourgeois women, working class girls, anarchists, and even a nun. The cast is a who's who of female actresses of Spanish Cinema in the 90's. But, considering the horrors and excesses of the war itself, whether the film can be excessive at all, is an open question. Very worth-while watching, and a must for those who follow Spanish Cinema or 20th century History.


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