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Paper Birds (2010)

Pájaros de papel (original title)
The lives of a comics and artists group in the hard times after of Spanish Civil War.


Emilio Aragón
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Imanol Arias ... Jorge del Pino
Lluís Homar ... Enrique Corgo
Roger Príncep ... Miguel (as Roger Princep)
Carmen Machi ... Rocío Moliner
Fernando Cayo ... Montero
Diego Martín ... Quiroga
Oriol Vila ... Pastor
Luis Varela Luis Varela ... Arturo
José Ángel Egido ... Don Ricardo
Javi Coll ... Pedro
Concha Hidalgo ... Amparo
Ana Cuesta Ana Cuesta ... Merceditas
Pedro Civera Pedro Civera ... Herrera
Francisco Merino ... Luciano (as Paco Merino)
Lola Baldrich ... María


Jorge and Enrique are two performers in the post Spanish Civil War times that adopt an orphan child called Miguel. With a varieties company that travels around the country, Jorge and Enrique see the horrors left by the war meanwhile the "Nationals" watch Jorge and the rest of the company suspecting that some of them collaborate with the Republicans, opposite to the Franco Regime. Written by Chockys

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Soñar forma parte del viaje. Reír...una elección [To dream is part of the travel. To laugh...an election]


Comedy | Drama | History


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Did You Know?


Lluís Homar and Fernando Cayo played King Juan Carlos I in different TV mini-series. The first one was in 23-F: El día más difícil del Rey (2009) and the second was in 20-N: Los últimos días de Franco (2008) and Adolfo Suárez (2010). See more »


Miguel recognizes his mother during the projection of news (NO-DO). The first projection of NO-DO only took place the 4th of January of 1943 and the movie appears to be in 1940 or 1941. See more »


No se puede vivir con un franco
Music by Emilio Aragón
Lyrics by Emilio Aragón and Emilio Aragón 'Miliki' (as Emilio Aragón Bermúdez)
Performed by Imanol Arias (uncredited)
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bitter story
13 November 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

an artistic company across Spain. in Civil War time. humor, nostalgic show slices, innocence, fear, hope, desire of survive, a kind of martyrs figures out of rule. a bitter story. not great. but warm. good performance, authentic atmosphere and a circle between tears and smile. sure, it is only drawing of a cruel event. not a photo, not a lesson. but its delicate art to suggest, to seduce, to tell a story, real or not but realistic, the play with nostalgic crumbs and small proves of heroic resistance to pressure of a dictatorship is interesting. a film about theater like fragile gun. as delicate form of protection. like ladder for a special form of escape. a song. a show. few shadows. ingredients of bitter story.

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Release Date:

12 March 2010 (Spain) See more »

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EUR3,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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