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A great surprise, impactant and visually astounding
Is no surprise for anyone that Spanish writers are conquering the international market: there are the cases of Javier Sierra (Secret Supper), Ruiz-Zafón (Shadow of the Wind) or Juan Gómez-Jurado (God's Spy). Well, this movie is based in five novels of a Spanish bestselling author who preceded all of them in the lists: Arturo Pérez Reverte.
The movie tell the whole story of old soldier Diego Alatriste, a captain of Spanish Army in Spanish Golden Century. This is the most expensive Spanish-language film ever made in Spain (about 24 million US$30 million). It portrays Spain of the 17th century using both fictional and real characters. Twentieth Century Fox has taken the rights on the film.
The story start whit the Spanish Armada had already been defeated but Spain was still the world's greatest superpower. The Captain is recently home from fighting in Flanders in the Dutch war for independence from Spain. He has come home because of a serious wound that has left him unfit for the military. However, and like many of veterans of Spain's wars, he is fit enough to eke out a meager living as something of a gun, or sword, or knife for hire. He collects debts, avenges the honor of cuckolded husbands, and even kills for the right price. He is very good at his job. Year by year we follow Diego in his violent life, to the bitter end, and his tale is the one of both Spain and the whole world.
The acting, obviously leaded by star Viggo Mortensen is absolutely amazing. A well acting job by Mr Mortensen is no surprise for anyone, but the real living characters that Eduard Fernández (Copons) and Blanca Portillo (friar Emilio Bocanegra) creates are astounding.
Indenpendent chapter deserves the photography, spectacular, and costumes design. A delight.
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