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Soldiers of Salamina (2003)

Soldados de Salamina (original title)
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 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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€217,698 (Spain), 23 March 2003, Limited Release
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Suspiros de España
Written by Antonio Álvarez Alonso (as Álvarez Alonso) and J.A. Álvarez Cantos (as Álvarez Cantos)
Performed by Diego El Cigala, Niño Josele, Javier Colina and Amalia Rodríguez
Produced by Javier Limón
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Searching the Civil War in Spain and Finding the Heart
15 October 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez (Ariadna Gil) 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 (Ramon Fontserè). 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 adviser 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 (María Botto) 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 (Joan Dalmau), Lola becomes obsessed to find him and see of he is connected to the event.

"Soldados de Salamina" is a great movie that discloses parts of the dark period of the Civil War in Spain in an excellent screenplay, with two parallel stories, one fictional in the present days and the other true in 1939. Like the lead character, I just know very few things about this bloody war and I had never read anything about Rafael Sánchez Mazas, therefore I had the chance to learn a little about the history of this nation. I believe that the last movie I saw of Ariadna Gil was "Los Peores Años de Nuestra Vida", and I am glad to see this gorgeous actress in another excellent performance. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Soldados de Salamina" ("Soldiers of Salamina")


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