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If They Tell You I Fell (1989)

Si te dicen que caí (original title)
In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). ... See full summary »

Director:

Vicente Aranda

Writers:

Vicente Aranda, Juan Marsé (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Abril ... Ramona / Menchu / Aurora Nin
Jorge Sanz ... Java
Antonio Banderas ... Marcos
Javier Gurruchaga Javier Gurruchaga ... Conrado - Sr. Galán
Guillermo Montesinos ... Fusam
Joan Miralles Joan Miralles ... Nadal
Ferran Rañé ... Taylor (as Ferran Rañe)
Lluís Homar ... Palau (as Lluis Homar)
Carlos Tristancho Carlos Tristancho ... Sendra
Juan Diego Botto ... Sarnita
María Botto ... Fueguiña (as Maria Botto)
Luis Giralte Luis Giralte ... Luis
Marc Barahoma Marc Barahoma ... Mingo
Ariadna Navarro Ariadna Navarro ... Juanita
Cesáreo Estébanez Cesáreo Estébanez ... Ñito (as Cesareo Estebanez)
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In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). These tales mix war stories, local gossip, comic book characters, fantasy and real events. The "aventis" told in this film are told in flashback. In the mid 80s, 45 or so years after the age of the "aventis," a doctor and a nurse-nun (who grew up together, and now are co-workers in a hospital) identify the corpse of one of the main characters of the "aventis" of their childhood and adolescence. Besides the interesting flashbacks - a chronical of the Civil War in a "typical" Barcelona microcosm itself, the discovery of this body (belonging to someone long presumed dead) leads to other surprises and unresolved doubts, several decades later. Written by Guy33134

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Catalan

Release Date:

19 September 1989 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventis See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in ¿Qué fue de Jorge Sanz?: Orzuelo (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A la lima y al limón
Written by Rafael de León and Manuel L. Quiroga (as Manuel Quiroga)
Performed by Concha Piquer (as Conchita Piquer)
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Vicente Aranda is like the Spanish verb "erguir" - impossible to conjugate
24 September 2005 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

Aranda has directed a few things which might be worth talking about, or even mentioning; but he has also made a few films which I prefer to forget about, like........um......like.......I can't remember.

"Aventis" belongs to this category. If starting off from the fact that the novelist Juan Marsé has very little intellectually o literary going for him, if Jorge Sanz has never pleased me in anything at all, and Victoria Abril has satisfied me occasionally as being an actress (and not merely a sex-object), for example in "Bicicletas son para el verano, Las" (1984), "Pazos de Ulloa, Los" (1985) (mini), or Tiempo de silencio (1986), you might be ready to accept that apart from a vague story-line which seems to meander between nowhere and somewhere else, the sight of Jorge Sanz having sex "doggy style" with Victoria Abril, is about as appetising as eating live cockroach sandwiches for breakfast.

Too much tits, bums and testicles for my liking. Near pornography in classification. Poor stuff: just in case some of you reading my comments think I praise all Spanish films. I do not: some are dreadful. "Aventis" (Si te dicen que caí) is one of them.


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