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Gernika (2016)

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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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Koldo Serra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James D'Arcy ... Henry
María Valverde ... Teresa
Jack Davenport ... Vasyl
Ingrid García Jonsson ... Márta (as Ingrid García-Jonsson)
Álex García ... Marco
Bárbara Goenaga ... Carmen
Burn Gorman ... Consul
Joachim Paul Assböck ... W. von Richthofen (as Joachim Assboeck)
Markus Oberhauser Markus Oberhauser ... Captain
Víctor Clavijo ... Spanish Journalist
Julián Villagrán ... Pierre
Irene Escolar ... Cousin Isabel
Jon Ariño Jon Ariño ... Uncle Jorge
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Aunt Begoña
Hugo Silva ... Cartoon Movie Narrator (voice)
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The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

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In love and war the first casualty is truth

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for war violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Spain | USA

Language:

English | German | Basque

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Guernica See more »

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Budget:

€5,800,000 (estimated)
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When Teresa was in the jail during the bombing, she was naked. When Henry saves her she is already dressed. See more »

Quotes

Henry: So, what's your life's story?
Teresa: I wanted to be a writer. But when the war happened, the loyalists needed people who spoke languages, and knew how to deal with journalists.
Henry: So you're dealing with me?
Teresa: Well, in my way.
Henry: And because you didn't become a writer, you deal in editing what other people write.
Teresa: Well, circumstances delimit one's choices, don't they? To be honest, I'm like you. I don't fit in many places.
Henry: You're a Communist?
Teresa: Loyalist. I wish to see a democracy for Spain.
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References El último magnate (2011) See more »

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Den Sista Valsen
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Written by O. Strauss, B.G. "Nalle" Halden
Performed by Orchester Einar Groth, Odeon, 1937 Public Domain
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A classic war drama
2 August 2016 | by procletnicSee all my reviews

Guernica could have been one of my all time favorites but unfortunately, as it happens too often these days, the culmination was badly executed. The first act is wonderful, a perfect setup for the upcoming events in the movie, with breathtaking cinematography, decent script and superb acting. The sets and the costumes were top notch, whoever could pull this off with 5 million deserves utmost respect. The first 30 minutes really feel like you're watching one of those great classics and I was pretty convinced that this movie is going to be ten star material. Unfortunately, as the movie progresses past the second act, it starts to lose its charms. The focus turns on the love story, which somehow manages to be underdeveloped, despite the huge screen time that it has. From there on, we have a cascading chain of blatant clichés which, combined with a final act that feels disjointed, really ruin the whole experience. Now if you pay attention, you'll notice that the final act is where we lose the German perspective. A scene on a bomber, a pilot reaction or even the German colonel watching the ongoing bombardment from a far would've kept this perspective alive and could've added some needed dramatic effect. Instead, the focus falls entirely on the events occurring in Guernica, which wouldn't be so bad if the whole act wasn't filled with severely overused clichés. All in all, this is a pretty decent war drama, which could've been something really special, had the writers come up with more original ideas.


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