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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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€217,698 (Spain), 23 March 2003, Limited Release
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Search For The Truth When The Answer Is Nothing
5 May 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Trueba's 'Soladados de Salamina' is an interesting interpretation of the Spanish Civil War. The story is about a professor/writer who's in search of facts regarding a particular event that took place during the war. Her initial curiosity turns into determination to find the information. The film starts off a little slow but picks up in the second half. Some of the war scenes are shown as live footage which adds an authenticity. I wonder why Trueba chose to execute the entire film with washed out colour? Some of the locales, which would have looked great in colour, look pale. Pretty much everything looks gloomy and lacking in colour. The score is smooth and used efficiently. The cinematography excels in places. Ariadna Gil does a terrific job in portraying Lola. The character itself isn't very likable as is evident in her interaction with others, especially Concha. But by the end we see that she has gone through a transformation and Gil does that wonderfully. She is further brilliantly supported by Maria Botto and Diego Luna. Even though 'Soldados de Salamina' is a little tedious in the beginning, the story has heart and in the end, the viewer is moved by it's spirit.


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