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Summer Rain (2006)

El camino de los ingleses (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 December 2006 (Spain)
A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.

Director:

Antonio Banderas

Writers:

Antonio Soler (adaptation), Antonio Soler (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Amarilla ... Miguelito
María Ruiz María Ruiz ... Luli
Félix Gómez ... Paco Frontón
Raúl Arévalo ... Babirusa
Fran Perea Fran Perea ... El Garganta
Marta Nieto ... La Cuerpo
Mario Casas ... Moratalla
Antonio Garrido ... Cardona
Antonio Zafra Antonio Zafra ... Enano Martínez
Berta de la Dehesa Berta de la Dehesa ... La Gorda de la Cala
Victor Perez ... González Cortés
Cuca Escribano ... Fina
Lucio Romero Lucio Romero ... Abuelo
Romay Rodríguez Romay Rodríguez ... Rafi (as Ronky Rodríguez)
Pepa Aniorte Pepa Aniorte ... Fonseca
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Storyline

The film takes place in 1978 in Málaga (Spain), and depicts the life of teenager Miguelito Dávila (Alberto Amarilla), who, after suffering from kidney disease and spending some time at the hospital, has learned such classic poetry as Dante's Divine Comedy and dreams of leaving his job at a hardware store and pursuing his dream of becoming a poet. One summer, he hangs out with his childhood friends Babirusa (Raúl Arévalo), Paco Frontón (Félix Gómez) and Moratalla (Mario Casas), until he meets a girl called Luli (María Ruiz) at the swimming pool, and the two start dating. Luli would love to become a professional dancer, and is best friends with "La cuerpo" (Marta Nieto), who fancies Miguelito's posh friend Paco. The two couples spend time together swimming, and gradually they experiment with other distractions. Miguelito meets later an older teacher (Victoria Abril), who is interested in his talent, and begins an affair with her around the same time that Cardona (Antonio Garrido), an ...

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Drama | Romance

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The famous rain scene, so famous that gave the movie its English title, 'Summer rain', was completely improvised. When started pouring and the crew thought they would have to wait until it stopped, director Antonio Banderas decided on the spot to seize the moment and have most of the characters just jumped in the rain and start celebrating. See more »

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Pompous and boring
13 December 2006 | by markus_riaSee all my reviews

I tried really hard to like this film, I promise. I enjoyed Crazy in Alabama and I like Banderas as a person. He is an interesting character. However, this film is a failure. Either that or I didn't get the point at all. Two hours of movie that feel like four, a disjointed script, some supposedly poetic images without any meaning and a bunch of wasted talented actors. It begins decently but as the plot unfolds it drifts away into a hopeless nonsense. I used to think that if I didn't understand a film it was my fault and I had to watch it again making an effort to really comprehend what it meant. Nowadays, I simply believe that if I don't get the point of the movie is just because the director didn't explain it correctly. Sorry, Antonio, try harder next time.


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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Spain) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,411,526
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2.35 : 1
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