Little Ashes 2009

Robert Pattinson, the young British star of Twilight, takes on the challenging role of playing eccentric artist, Salvador Dali. The film focuses on Madrid in the jazz era of 1922 when the young artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, with playwright Feder…
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Strong sex scene

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Robert Pattinson, the young British star of Twilight, takes on the challenging role of playing eccentric artist, Salvador Dali. The film focuses on Madrid in the jazz era of 1922 when the young artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, with playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (Javier Beltran) and renowned filmmaker Luis Bunuel (Matthew McNulty). Salvador Dali arrives at the university as an 18 year old determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of Lorca and Bunuel, two of the university's social elite. Salvador is absorbed into their youthfully decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. This is a beautifully shot film about friendship, integrity and love set in the beautiful coastal resort of Cadaques. It is a more than a meeting of minds; it is a fusion of souls.

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Member Reviews

  • Not a bad film when you get into it.

  • ‘Little Ashes’ is a fascinating and compelling film. It is well directed and beautifully acted; it is worth watching just for Javier Bel’tran’s performance. Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali isn’t as convincing especially in the latter scenes when portraying Dali’s bizarreness but he succeeds as the younger Dali. It is Bel’tran who steals the film though as the intelligent, vulnerable and sensitive Federico Garcia Lorca.

  • One of the best acted and directed gay films I have seen for a long time. It was a believable story, and although you hate the young star at the begining, by the end of the film you are cheering for him to really find himself and live a new life as a gay man with Olivier.

  • Rich filming... acting was not convincing & too contrived... pity

  • The unrequited love affair of a poet for an eccentric artist. Somewhat plodding depiction of the early life of Dali, Lorca and Bunuel. Dali is depicted as a complete weirdo and Bunuel's character isn't particularly well drawn. The Lorca character is more interesting and the actor looks a dead ringer for him. 2.5 stars

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