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Summer Rain (2006)

El camino de los ingleses (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 December 2006 (Spain)
A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.

Director:

Antonio Banderas

Writers:

Antonio Soler (adaptation), Antonio Soler (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Amarilla ... Miguelito
María Ruiz María Ruiz ... Luli
Félix Gómez ... Paco Frontón
Raúl Arévalo ... Babirusa
Fran Perea Fran Perea ... El Garganta
Marta Nieto ... La Cuerpo
Mario Casas ... Moratalla
Antonio Garrido ... Cardona
Antonio Zafra Antonio Zafra ... Enano Martínez
Berta de la Dehesa Berta de la Dehesa ... La Gorda de la Cala
Victor Perez ... González Cortés
Cuca Escribano ... Fina
Lucio Romero Lucio Romero ... Abuelo
Romay Rodríguez Romay Rodríguez ... Rafi (as Ronky Rodríguez)
Pepa Aniorte Pepa Aniorte ... Fonseca
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A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Spain | UK

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,411,526
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The famous rain scene, so famous that gave the movie its English title, 'Summer rain', was completely improvised. When started pouring and the crew thought they would have to wait until it stopped, director Antonio Banderas decided on the spot to seize the moment and have most of the characters just jumped in the rain and start celebrating. See more »

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A Complete Surprise
12 December 2007 | by jaipurSee all my reviews

I approached my viewing of this film with trepidation. The preview description I had read filled with me little confidence that I would enjoy it as I was expecting something quite sentimental. Also, films directed by actors often disappoint as their focus is usually on the acting performances and not the appearance of the film. But, to my surprise, what was most impressive about Summer Rain was the strong visual style of the director Antonio Banderas. His use of vibrant colours, striking vistas, dream scapes and powerful, haunting imagery made the film a true delight. Based on a prize winning Spanish novel and set in Banderas' home town, Malaga, it is apparent that the novel resonated deeply with Banderas. His passion for the work is evident in every scene. The cinematography is superb and the use of the widescreen aspect ratio contributes significantly to the rendering of what must have been rich source material. I now long for an English translation of the novel. Based on what I've seen Banderas attempt to do in this film, it seems that the book must have been a challenging adaptation. Voice-over is something I don't care for normally, but the elusive nature of the voice-over text in Summer Rain was a major factor in making this film such a pleasure. Rather than explain actions and motives, the periodic comments by the narrator (called Throat) heightened the atmospherics of the film. The choice of actors was excellent and all turn in performances that serve the themes of the film. Special mention has to go to Victoria Abril, who has played opposite Banderas before so many years ago. She is marvellous and lights up the screen with her evocation of the alluring older woman. I hope Antonio Banderas can find more projects to immerse himself in. His passionate rendering of Summer Rain suggests that he is a director to watch out for.


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