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We Are 18 Years Old (1959)

Tenemos 18 años (original title)
Comedy about the surreal holiday of two teenage Spanish girls, where they meet a bizarre assortment of villains and new friends.

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Jesús Franco

Writers:

Jesús Franco (story), Jesús Franco (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isana Medel ... María José
Terele Pávez ... Pili (as Terele)
Luis Peña ... Luis Fernández, el atracador
Carmen Lozano Carmen Lozano ... Polly Paterson / Lirio Blanco
Licia Calderón ... Piluca
Javier García Javier García ... Beltrán
María Luisa Ponte ... Madre de María José
Antonio Jiménez Escribano ... Padre de María José (as Antonio G. Escribano)
Pablo Sanz Pablo Sanz ... Castro
Mercedes Alonso ... Mariano's girlfriend
Aníbal Vela ... Profesor
Juan José Vidal Juan José Vidal
Rufino Inglés ... Jefe indio
Emilia Rubio Emilia Rubio
Bárbara Orbís Bárbara Orbís
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Comedy about the surreal holiday of two teenage Spanish girls, where they meet a bizarre assortment of villains and new friends.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

20 February 1967 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenemos dieciocho años See more »

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Auster Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Jess Franco's debut film is surprisingly sweet and fluffy
17 February 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

I think it would only be fair to say that with his feature film debut, Jess Franco did not start off like he was going to go on. In fact, if it wasn't for his name appearing in the opening credits I think there would be very few people who would have clocked this one as a Franco flick at all. It's essentially a light-hearted and breezy comedy about two Madrid girls who buy an old car and head off on a road trip. Afterwards, they re-imagine fantastical versions of the encounters they experienced along the way.

It's essentially a road movie and, therefore is quite episodic in nature. And the set-up allows for all manner of odd events occurring. One of which is a strange Gothic horror sequence, which points towards the general vicinity that Franco would inhabit later on in his career. For the most part though, this is very atypical stuff. Although it does have to be said that it is made with some care and attention and more budget than he would go on to be associated with. This is certainly a very curious debut and a true obscurity though. And when you consider that this is the first film directed by one of the most prolific film-makers of all-time it has to be considered worthy of a footnote in history at least. It won't necessarily appeal to most of his fans but will certainly be of curiosity value to the majority of them.


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