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Soldados de Salamina (2003)

When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of ... See full summary »

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David Trueba

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Javier Cercas (novel), David Trueba
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariadna Gil ... Lola
Ramon Fontserè Ramon Fontserè ... Rafael Sánchez Mazas
Joan Dalmau ... Miralles
María Botto ... Conchi
Diego Luna ... Gastón
Alberto Ferreiro ... Joven Miliciano
Luis Cuenca Luis Cuenca ... Padre Lola
Lluís Villanueva ... Miquel Aguirre (as Lluís X. Villanueva)
Julio Manrique ... Pere Figueras
Ivan Massagué ... Quim Figueras - 20 años
Bruno Bergonzini ... Daniel Angelats - 20 años
Joaquín Notario ... Capitán Collell
Merche Mar Merche Mar ... Luz
Éric Caravaca ... Camarero Dijon (as Eric Caravaca)
Vahina Giocante ... Asistente Social Dijon
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When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of Rafael Sánchez Mazas. Lola has lost her passion for writing, and she becomes intrigued about Rafael, who was a writer and journalist that returned to Spain from the Italy of Mussolini and founded the fascist party Spanish Falange, becoming advisor of the leader Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera. When the lefts won the election in 1936, the Falange became illegal, and later there was a military coup d'stat. Rafael miraculously escaped from the shooting and was spared by an unknown soldier. Lola decides to write a book about the historic event and to disclose the identity of the unknown soldier. But her acquaintance Conchi advises that her work is affected by her lack of passion. When Lola reads a work of a student about the heroic former soldier Miralles, Lola becomes obsessed to find him and see of he is ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Catalan | French

Release Date:

10 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldiers of Salamina See more »

Filming Locations:

Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€217,698 (Spain), 23 March 2003, Limited Release
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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Disappointed?
6 February 2004 | by euskirSee all my reviews

Not really. "Soldados de Salamina" it's not a great novel, from my point of view. And like the main character, never gets to close to the real drama of the Spanish Civil War, except in two or three things. And we've got the same conflict with the film, besides the changes after the screen adaptation. I think it's a good movie for people who doesn't know too much about the Spanish Civil War, specially some scenes, when the journalist can talk with the old republican fighter it's a great moment, the best in the whole film. But the movie goes in and out of many nonsense, like the "modern gipsy" (a nice and great interpretation, but outside the movie, except for some relief for all the horror of the war we must face). And the narrative is bouncing without direction from start to end. Well, if you don't have any idea about the Spanish Civil War go ahead...if you know...you know


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