After the death of her father, a young Spanish woman discovers a partial letter. As she searches for the answers, she embarks on a journey that takes her back to Africa, where she unfolds the secrets of her family.
Killian is a young man who has never left the remote mountains of Huesca (Spain) which saw him grow up. In 1953, he travels back to the exotic Equatorial African island of Fernando Poo, in Spanish Guinee, where he was born, to work in a cacao plantation alongside his father and his brother. During 20 years in this island, until the troubled days of independence, he will undertake a journey towards maturity and knowledge, but will also have to deal with pain and loss.
Mario Casas and Berta Vazquez were a couple in real life. See more »
During the dance club scene, set in 1953/4, the guitarist is playing a custom colour Fender Stratocaster. The Fender Stratocaster was introduced in the USA in 1954, and custom colours weren't available until 1956/7.
Also, it if very doubtful any African musician could afford such an instrument. The first Stratocaster didn't reach the UK until 1958. See more »
Moving and overlong melodrama in big budget with romances, emotion, thrills and exotic scenarios
Intense drama plenty of thrills, emotion, romance with Amor Fou and soap opera. Set in 1953 it deals with a young man Killian, Mario Casas, living in the remote mountains of Huesca, he alongside his older sibling Jacobo, Alain Hernandez, undertaking a new life, and embarking on a dangerous journey to Ecuatorial Guinea where is working their father, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, on a cacao plantation and subsequentlly taking place the troubled days of Independence and triumph by dictator Macias . Many years later, after the death her daddy, a young Spanish girl, Adriana Ugarte, finds out some unanswered questions by discovering a mysterious letter. As she searches for the answers and travels Africa on a risked trip that takes her back to Fernando Poo . Meanwhile, there takes place an Independence War with turmoil, confrontation, rebellion from African natives against the Spanish, leading to fateful consequences.
Dramatic movie concerning two brothers travel from Huesca which saw them to grow up to the exotic island of Fernando Poo where takes place several thrilling events, love stories and revolutionary upheaval. It packs a magnificent camera work, high production values, luxurious design, violent images and a lot of sex scenes, including intercourse on the beach. A lavish production with a deep criticism on Spanish colonialism of the fifties by using a great number of flashbacks and flashforwards. Average acting by Mario Casas as a young who never left the far mountains of Huesca and comes to Guinea to find knowledge, pain and maturity . Adriana Ugarte Is better than him as the young woman who unfolds secrets of her ascendants. Support cast is pretty good, such as Alain Hernandez, Macarena Garcia, Daniel Grao, Berta Vazquez, , Luis Callejo, Fernando Cayo, Djedje Apali, Petra Martinez, Celso Bugallo as an adult Killian and veteran incombustible Emilio Gutierrez Caba.
It displays a sensitive and stirring musical score by Lucas Vidal. It contains a brilliant and colorful cinematography by Xavi Gimenez. Shot on location in Llanos del Hospital Huesca, Bahia Solano, Colombia and Palmas de Gran Canaria. The motion picture written
by Sergio G. Sanchez was well directed by Fernando Gonzalez Molina, but being extremely overlong, almost three hours . He has made some successful films as Brain drain, 3 steps above heaven, I want you and The invisible guardian. And he directed notorious Tv series as Paco's men, The boat, Luna el misterio de Calenda and a documentary, The best day of my life. Rating 7/10. Well worth watching.
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