John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.
Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.
Based on the powerful novel by Ray Loriga. A young man and a young girl's lives are united under dramatic circumstances. He has just shot a security guard in the face who had accused him of... See full summary »
Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid.Written by
The film is based in a series of novels written by former Spanish war correspondent Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He had the idea for the books when he had a look at his daughter Carlota's History book from school and saw that only one page was devoted to the 'Siglo de Oro', the years in the 16th-17th centuries when Spain was the world's dominating superpower. Carlota, then 12, helped her father research the period, and the first novel, published in 1996, was published with 'Arturo y Carlota Pérez-Reverte' as the author. Five novels were published before the film was shot, and the film is based in the most important episodes in all of them... and beyond. The sixth novel was published in Spain in December 2006, and Pérez-Reverte has said he has drawn some inspiration from the film for the upcoming novels. See more »
After their second encounter in the movie, Alatriste's nemesis and supposedly-skilled swordsman Gualterio Malatesta misses the mount of his scabbard and accidentally shoves his blade into a gap of his sword belt's fixings. The empty scabbard can be seen wobbling around while he's retreating. See more »
Alatriste(Mortensen) is a Spanish mercenary in the country's 17th century imperial wars. There are various on-going rivalries, love affairs and the like, though you'd be forgiven for having trouble following it all(even knowing the historical background for the events... heck, a bunch of it doesn't even get closure). While I haven't read the novels this is an adaptation of, I understand that this takes several of them and attempts to squeeze everything therein into one movie(as has been done with similarly poor results before and since... rather than accepting length differences and changing things to keep the core themes intact). So the 139 minutes of this(with credits... without, it's 131) seems as though it should be significantly longer, like a mini-series, and it feels unsatisfying, not to mention it taking its sweet time(and not enough of that is spent letting us connect with the characters, understanding their motivations, sharing their passions... ultimately it becomes boring on account of that). With that said, it has high production values all around. Locations, costumes, props... showing the dichotomy between the nobility(clean, prettied up) and the soldiers(filthy, in worn-out clothes). The action scenes(fencing and shooting, mostly) are tense and fast-paced, taking place in diverse places(on a ship, in a city, etc.) with a richness of detail, the one unrealistic one being thrown daggers penetrating clothing and flesh with ease. Battles are chaotic(Yanes can be counted among the numerous directors have taken lessons from Saving Private Ryan), brutal, bloody, disturbing, gripping(one sequence is genuinely claustrophobic, and their atmosphere is always suffocating) and often up close and personal. The DVD comes with trailers for this, 2:37, Alpha Dog, Lonely Hearts, Ask the Dust, Bobby and The Wicker Man. There is a some sexuality and a little topless nudity in this. I recommend this to fans of authentic war-dramas. 6/10
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