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The Night of the Sunflowers [2007] [DVD]

Carmelo Gomez , Celso Bugallo , Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carmelo Gomez, Celso Bugallo, Judith Diakhate, Manuel Moron, Mariano Alameda
  • Directors: Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: YUME Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R28I9G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The body a teenage girl is discovered in a field of sunflowers. At the same time a travelling salesman watches the events unfold on television, whilst in the small village of Angosto the discovery of a prehistoric cave brings excitement and the arrival of an experienced geologist, his young fiancé and his assistant. The town police chief plans his retirement, while his deputy dreams of escaping the boredom of his marriage and his job... Through a series of shocking events, the lives of these people become entangled in a web of violence, betrayal and murder ... This accalimed thriller from first-time feature director Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo s comes to DVD after a highly successful UK theatrical release.


Compelling, intricate and sinister. **** --Empire

A terrific thriller and a complex and intelligent piece of film-making. --Sight & Sound

Superb **** --The Mirror

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thriller of of the year! 7 Sep 2007
Take 6 characters of varying sympathy/unsavouriness, an arid rural Spanish setting, an appalling act of violence and mix with betrayal, guilt and murder and you've got the freshest most elaborate and startling European thriller in years.
Forget TELL NO ONE and LIVES OF OTHERS - this is the best European thriller of the year and the best debut feature since the Coen's BLOOD SIMPLE.
It's more Chabrol than Hitchcock,as it has the same dark, sardonic European sensibility about it.
Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo is a director to watch. He's a bright and bold talent and this film is an absolute stunner.

The DVD is nicely packaged (GREAT artwork - I LOVE that poster image!!) with some nice extras.

Can't recommend this highly enough!!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 28 Sep 2007
Saw this in cinema few months back and wanted to see it again - really gets better with each viewing. Beautiful, layered screenplay and story unravels in such subtle and surprising ways.
A revelation of a film. Can't wait to see what the director does next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sliding Towards Disaster 13 Dec 2008
This is a more relaxed and clever reverse riff on ONE BLOODY SUMMER. A rapist stalks rural northern Spain and we know who he is. But not all of the characters in this tragedy share our knowledge. Assembled as a series of viewpoints the result is a crime, another crime and a series of further crimes. Each of which moves towards us like a small landslide, unstoppable but slow. It takes an act by the one player able to make a moral decision to halt this process; and he pays his price like some Roman hero. The comparison to the Coen Brothers is well made. The setting of decaying rural Spain is very well observed indeed. The film is slow but steady; just like Nemesis.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be disappointed... in a good way. 11 Feb 2008
This is a frank and startling exploration of how the frail balance of life can be disturbed in a small village community. By means of a Coen Brothers-esque downward spiralling plot, Night of the Sunflowers describes how one sinister visit sets off a chain of events which changes peoples' lives forever.

This film is quite dry and realistic, with little time for the sentimental. After it had finished I felt quite unsatisfied but not in the least bit cheated; Night of the Sunflowers is clearly not intended to leave the viewer with a warm glow in their midst. I would have given it 5 stars were it not for a slight mid-movie lull in pace, which detracted a tad from the impact of this otherwise excellent and thought provoking film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cinema. 2 Jan 2009
I tend to watch only foreign films and therefore this was one I have wanted to see for a long time. It was undoubtedly worth the wait. It is not about a murder, rather the events that unfold after the event. I don't want to give the plot away so I will not go into detail.It is the best for a long while in my opinion. The guy that gave it two stars and thought the guilty go unpunished must have a very different perception to mine. It seems to me no one "get's away with it". Just buy it and enjoy, it is that good, for me anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good thriller 14 July 2008
By Tonkfan
Unlike other reviewers, I didn't feel this feel was any more derivative or cliched most other films, although any serial killer thriller is bound to yield the odd familiar plot device.

I thought this was a very well crafted, beautifully filmed, atmospheric work and not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, but would watch it again - and possibly again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller 7 Jun 2008
By Quentin
Highly recommend this film, very original, good characters, loved the way the film was split into chapters linking all the different characters and stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Sunflowers 28 Aug 2009
By i6.7
** "Is justice really necessary if no-one demands it?" **

Old and poverty-stricken rural Spain meets the comfortably-off urban and educated in a story about public duty and self-interest. The narrative starts out with university pot-holers being invited to a withering regional town in response to the local's over-enthusiasm for a newly discovered rock cavern. The mayor is desperately certain it's unknown contents will revitalise the local economy. The senior pot-holer, our intermediary, maintains a polite scepticism.

The opening titles are set over a symbolic night-time scene in a field of sunflowers. The complementary bookend scene of the serial rapist and murderer is used to turn a light on the morality and implications of the events. The film itself consists of several overlapping episodes each centring on one of the main characters as the brutal tale unfolds. The exposition is deliberate, crystal clear, and economic. The main players are empathetically fleshed out but followed with a matter-of-fact perspective.

The story starts out in warm summer light but ends in the dark of night. Nothing particularly spectacular; it was how things turned out. With a soundtrack that is haunting and minimal, this is modern film noir at its best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo's Sunflowers

I came to Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo through "The Lives of Others", a very moving, insightful commentary on the former GDR a few years before the... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by RR Waller
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and well-crafted
I`m always a sucker for films that hinge on the consequences of one event - showing the intent, actions and results for not just the original victim/protagonist, but the related... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Little Cat Voom
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual plot - totally unexpected story
I ordered this film based solely on the fact that it had won many awards and I was, therefore, totally unprepared for what happens. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by LJDIMES
4.0 out of 5 stars Sangre Simple
The Night of the Sunflowers uses the tried and tested method of having (initially anyway) the same story told from multiple points of view. Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by Johnentwistlespout
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish cinema is becoming the best!!
Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage, Volver, The Sea Inside, these are some of the best films I've seen in the last couple of years. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2009 by Beller12
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but...
This film has all the potential for a great movie (a rape, an innocent killed, a crazy old man, a cheating husband), and is a really good idea for a film. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2008 by Daniel Henshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of innocence, betrayal, passionate violence, corruption and...
if I saw this film again for a third time I'm sure I would get yet more out of it. for a start it has the most realistic portrayal of a drunk that I have ever encountered - the... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2008 by phil mars
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
forget all that crap Hollywood produces this is a proper film, in fact that could be said about every European film I've watched recently. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Radley
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