Little Ashes 2008

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In the middle of the repression and political unrest just before the Spanish Civil War, artist Salvador Dalí and poet Federico García Lorca find their artistic and sexual freedom. The two form a bond challenged by their ambition, their friends, the struggle between a love for Spain - and a love for each other.

Starring:
Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

Little Ashes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Paul Morrison
Starring Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson
Supporting actors Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell, Esther Nubiola, Bruno Oro, Simon Andreu, Vicky Peña, Sue Flack, Arly Jover, Ferran Audí
Studio The Movie Partnership
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ni VINE VOICE on 20 July 2009
Format: DVD
Firstly, this movie, like most `historical' or `biographical' movies, puts entertainment first and fact second; it is full of misrepresentations and re-imaginings and can be best enjoyed if you do not approach it expecting a 107 minute history lesson. What it is is a fictionalised, romanticised tale of Salvador Dali and Federico Lorca's turbulent relationship throughout the 1920s, and this is something which it more than adequately portrays.

Having personally never seen any of these actors in anything before I did not know what to expect, but the acting is great, Javier Beltran and Robert Pattinson in particular are very committed to their characters. Pattinson ably parades a conflicted Dali who hides his fear and vulnerability behind a mask of eccentricity which he only lets slip around Beltran's passionate and sensitive Lorca. Javier is incredible in his role and consequently it is impossible not to be drawn to his depiction of the poet and his own confliction in a world where he is revered for his creativity but forced to hide his sexuality.

With its focus firmly on the unravelling relationship between Dali and Lorca, the movie does unfortunately limit the purpose of Luis Bunuel, and Mathew McNulty who is excellent in the role, to no more than a background character; a catalyst for some inopportune tension. It does somewhat of an injustice to his legacy as a genius filmmaker by only really portraying his brutal, homophobic side.

Though the actors are very believable in their roles, I do generally find it a slight irritation when English is portrayed as the general language of non-English speaking countries; but this is a fairly minor annoyance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
For most of his life, Salvador Dali denied that he had ever been lovers with the tragic poet Federico García Lorca -- until the end of his life.

So, writer Philippa Goslett and director Paul Morrison explore what may have been in "Little Ashes," in which two young men become close friends, more-than-friends, only to have their relationship splinter apart. It's a powerful little story with astonishing acting by Robert Pattinson and Javier Beltran, but it tends to meander and shake way too much.

In the Madrid of 1922, a shy and awkward art student named Salvador Dali (Pattinson) is drawn into a circle of vibrant, iconoclastic young artists, including filmmaker Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty) and poet Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltran). Lorca in particular is intrigued by Dali, who is just discovering his unique melty surrealist style -- and it's not a platonic crush. And though initially he fights against the attraction, a trip to the seaside reveals Lorca's feelings to Dali.

But as their attraction grows, Buñuel feels shut out and tries to pull Dali out of Lorca's orbit -- and after an unsuccessful attempt to consummate their affair, Dali vanishes to Paris without a word. A possibly insulting movie and many years widen the split between them, until Lorca meets Dali, now world famous and in love with the "witch" Gala (Arly Jover). Dali has changed, and so has Spain -- with terrible results.

I know relatively little of either Dali or Lorca's lives, but it seems that "Little Ashes" is less about what happened than about what MIGHT have happened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Nov 2009
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Although Twilight and hordes of adoring tweenage fans wasn't a done deal when he took the part in Little Ashes, you have to admire Robert Pattinson from trying to break away from the good looking public schoolboy mould British films seemed likely to typecast him in by playing a young Salvador Dali, struggling to 'construct' his own genius and finding himself increasingly drawn towards gay poet Federico Garcia Lorca (Javier Beltran). The film may be speculative fiction, but it certainly couldn't be accused of being a safe commercial bet (the film was barely released in the USA even after Twilight's success), so it's a shame the film isn't better. Part of the problem is that it never quite decides what it wants to be about. The relationship with Dali and Lorca does assume centre stage but feels a little neutered at times, as if too many compromises had been made to get funding - there's nothing to frighten the horses here - while the third wheel in their Bohemian artistic triumvirate, film director Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty), draws the short straw in terms of characterisation and after a credible start ends up something of a one-note homophobic stereotype.

Just as underdeveloped is the artistic excitement of the era, the ideas that all three men wanted to bring to their work acknowledged but, Lorca's poetry aside, never really incorporated into the emotional drama, at times almost as if it were something separate from them rather than the essential driving force in their lives. Instead, it's reliant on the chemistry of its three leads, and here the relationship is seriously unbalanced by Pattinson's initially awkward performance.
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