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The Night of the Sunflowers (2006)

La noche de los girasoles (original title)
The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Gómez ... Esteban
Judith Diakhate ... Gabi
Celso Bugallo ... Amadeo
Manuel Morón ... Vendedor
Mariano Alameda Mariano Alameda ... Pedro
Vicente Romero ... Tomás
Walter Vidarte ... Amós
Cesáreo Estébanez Cesáreo Estébanez ... Cecilio
Fernando Sánchez-Cabezudo Fernando Sánchez-Cabezudo ... Beni
Petra Martínez ... Marta
Nuria Mencía ... Raquel
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Julián
Mariano Peña Mariano Peña ... Rovira
Amalia Hornero Amalia Hornero ... Rosa
Luís Mascarenhas Luís Mascarenhas ... Federico
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As the dead body of a sexually assaulted young woman rests hidden in a sunflower field near the small village of Cerredo in Northern Spain, the horrible news will soon spread like wildfire. Up until now, this was a quiet and peaceful place; however, the unexpected discovery of an entrance to an unknown cave will draw the attention of a small crew of geologists eager to investigate the unexplored subterranean system, in the background of an unprecedented act of violence in the community. Inevitably, this unbearable situation shall mark the beginning of a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed, as both stories are inextricably intertwined with the lives of people beyond suspicion. But, who has the courage to get to the bottom of it? Written by Nick Riganas

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Spanish

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25 August 2006 (Spain) See more »

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Due to the success of the film, his director Jorge Sánchez Cabezudo was named by different Spanish newspapers as the "Spanish "Hitchcock"". He is a huge fan of Hitchcock's films. The film also bring strong plot elements from "Revenge" the very first chapter of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" written by Francis Cockrell from a story by Samuel Bas and directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. See more »

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Deeper grave
4 October 2007 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'The Night of the Sunflowers' is a superior Spanish thriller, telling the story of the tragic aftermath of an attack on a woman, and set against the backdrop of a dying, depopulated rural town. Technically, the film's merits include an evocative score, the subtle use of visual clues, and unmelodramatic acting. But perhaps the strongest aspect of the movie is the way it allows the viewer to see events from different perspectives, and thereby not only drives the evolution of the story, but also gives it a truly three-dimensional quality. The film begins with a segment which, nearing its end, savagely reverses the audience's expectations and sympathies; and thereafter, the story is told in achronological, overlapping fragments, each one offering a different perspective on events. And because of its technical merits, the film's use of this device never damages the naturalistic mood. As events reach their conclusion, you find yourself really caring about the characters, even the ostensibly unattractive ones. 'The Night of the Sunflowers' is a fine film, that never tries to pretend to be more than it is, but which offers rewards through the care with which it portrays its world.


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