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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 19 May 2018 (France)
Toby, a disillusioned advertising executive, becomes pulled into a world of time jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler believes him to be Sancho Panza. He gradually becomes unable to tell dreams from reality.

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Terry Gilliam
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Credited cast:
Adam Driver ... Toby
Jonathan Pryce ... Don Quixote
Stellan Skarsgård ... The Boss
Olga Kurylenko ... Jacqui
Joana Ribeiro ... Angelica
Óscar Jaenada ... Gitano
Jason Watkins ... Rupert
Sergi López ... Barbero
Jordi Mollà ... Alexei Miiskin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diogo Andrade Diogo Andrade ... Noble Dancer
Eva Basteiro-Bertoli Eva Basteiro-Bertoli ... Dorothea - Princess Micomicona
Paloma Bloyd ... Melissa
Jorge Calvo
Jimmy Castro Jimmy Castro ... Toby's Cameraman
Maria d'Aires Maria d'Aires
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Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth - a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 May 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre que mató a Don Quijote See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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Budget:

€17,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview for french radio France Culture in 2003, Jean Rochefort revealed that Terry Gilliam said that he'd ask him for approval for any actor that he would cast as Quixote in replacement of the french actor. Although he felt grateful for Gilliam's attention, Rochefort said he would never dare use such "power". See more »


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Tarde Azul de Abril
Composed by Roque Baños
Written by Tessy Díez
Performed by Carmen Linares
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Again, Gilliam Takes Us on a Thought-Provoking Wild Ride
23 May 2018 | by SkinsharkSee all my reviews

Maybe it helps to be familiar with Terry Gilliam's canon of work. But as a whole The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a multi-layered story of the Ages of Man. The Dreamer and the Raconteur living in parallel lives.

What's fascinating is how the meanings of each of the characters and their story arcs fold into each other from the director, Terry Gilliam's own life to Adam Driver, playing a Gilliam figure all the way to Jonathan Pryce's man who's seemingly lost his mind. Part of me wonders how much of this is a farcical documentary or auto-biography.

Still as heady as it can be it still entertains. The acting is great, the characters are fully realized and the settings, cinematography and production design are signature styles of Gilliam: hand-crafted to bend to the will of his vision...as mad as it may be.

This is not a run-of-the-mill linear movie. It's not a popcorn flick. There's a lot to interpret and involve the audience so, don't expect instant gratification. To a lot of reviewers it seems they were overwhelmed by an unclear story. Which that may be true for those who don't want to be involved in the story. It asks a bit of self-reflection, it asks a bit of trust that the characters, working on several levels of psychosis, dreams, hallucinations and madness will all come to a natural conclusion in their story arcs and bring the global story of the film into one single point of focus:

We all had dreams once and we got lost. We may remember those dreams in our middle-age and yet in our old age we may become consumed by the dream to point of dreaming of our own existence.

If you like BRAZIL or THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS you will like this film.


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