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The Blind Sunflowers (2008)

Los girasoles ciegos (original title)
Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »

Director:

José Luis Cuerda

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (adaptation), José Luis Cuerda (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maribel Verdú ... Elena
Javier Cámara ... Ricardo
Raúl Arévalo ... Salvador
Roger Príncep ... Lorenzo
José Ángel Egido ... Rector
Martiño Rivas ... Lalo (as Martín Rivas)
Irene Escolar ... Elenita
Juan Antonio Quintana Juan Antonio Quintana
Fernando Ransanz
David Janer ... Falangista
Ricardo de Barreiro Ricardo de Barreiro ... Fernández
Miguel de Lira Miguel de Lira ... Hermano
Fanny de Castro Fanny de Castro ... Tía Lola
Carmen Losa Carmen Losa ... Sobrina
Mario Roldán Mario Roldán
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Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling in the front, returns to seminary in Ourense. Written by McArty

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José Luis Cuerda and Maribel Verdú simultaneously suggested Raúl Arévalo for the role. See more »

Soundtracks

Ojos verdes
Music by Manuel L. Quiroga
Lyrics by Rafael de León and Salvador Valverde
Performed by Concha Piquer
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Falls way short of its mark
7 February 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I saw this last month at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The screenplay by the late Rafael Azcona was adapted from the widely popular Alberto Mendez novel and the setting is northern Spain in the immediate post Spanish Civil War period. Elena (Maribel Verdu) has assumed the role of head of the household as her left wing school teacher husband Ricardo (Javier Camera) is being south by the right wing government and is believed by them to have been killed but in fact he is in hiding in the house. Another left wing fugitive is Lalo (Martin Rivas) who has also been hiding in the home but now must flee to the safety of the Portugal border with his pregnant wife and daughter of Elena and Ricardo, Elenita (Irene Escolar). Elena and Ricardo's youngest child Lorenzo (Roger Princep) is enrolled in a catholic school where his teacher Salvador (Raul Arevalo) is a former military conscript who has returned to studying for the priesthood and is a part-time school teacher and sympathetic to the right wing government. He also is obsessed with the beautiful and supposedly widowed Elena and is torn between trying to win her affections or becoming a priest. From director Jose Luis Cuerda it offers nice cinematography from veteran Hans Burman and beautiful art direction from Baltasar Gallart but it's nothing more than a made for TV movie like you might find on Lifetime. I'm sure the film must have fallen far short of the novel. It comes across as forced, silly and even laughable in places where it isn't supposed to be funny. I suggest you pass on it and I would give it a 5.5 out of 10.


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Country:

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (Spain) See more »

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$5,777,441
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