Carol's Journey (El Viaje de Carol) Reviews

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September 5, 2011
Beautiful cinematography. An interesting outline for a movie with an intriguing plot but ultimately unsatisfying. Director could have done a lot more with this script.
½ August 28, 2011
Um filme rodado em Ponte de Lima.
August 9, 2010
Own It. Think the story-line is great. Gut-turning end.
Super Reviewer
½ October 31, 2009
Really slow, but it was worth it. Great story.
½ September 27, 2006
a beautiful and moving movie about a young girl during the spanish civil war. tomiche broke my heart, and the girl who plays carol has amazing features. ah, foreign movies are so good...
½ October 8, 2006
Quite a touching story. I was crying by the end, but it did bother me that Carol never cried through the entire thing.
Super Reviewer
March 7, 2008
A great movie. Even a twelve-year-old tomboy can change the people around her. Carol moves to rural Spain during the Spanish Civil war. You can't help loving the kids in this movie.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
March 6, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Carol's Journey" takes place in 1938 as Aurora(Maria Barranco) arrives back in her old hometown in Spain with her young daughter, Carol(Clara Lago), after many years of living in New York to visit her father(Alvaro de Luna). Aurora was estranged from her family after renouncing her fiance to marry an American who is involved in the fighting, returning only after the death of her mother. As she tells her friend, Maruja(Rosa Maria Sarda), she has returned because she is dying...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Carol's Journey" is an adequate coming of age tale that is nowhere near the level of Guillermo del Toro's excellent movies set around the Spanish Civil War. While having little to do with the war itself, the movie exploits its juvenile characters in the cause of peace which is normally a noble sentiment but the Spanish Civil War was one of the very few wars where there was something worth fighting for. In the end, the movie is redeemed by one absolutely wonderful scene and a slightly unexpected climax. [/font]
June 19, 2007
a very historical movie that taught me a lot about what was going on through people's minds during the beginning of the spanish civil war. i really loved carol and the cute relationships she develops. but the ending was really cheesy. :\
June 14, 2007
Sometimes, it helps to have a [i]really[/i] famous director, if you want your work to be recognized in more than one country.

This story of the Spanish Civil War is not fanciful. It's not beautiful, except inasmuch as the native scenery of this part of Spain is beautiful. It's not sweeping. It's not known in America.

No, it's not as good as [i]El Laberinto del Fauno[/i]. It's nowhere near the technical masterpiece, and its script isn't as innovative. Its young star is as talented, though she's not given as much to do. She does, however, get to interact with other kids--and she survives with family, so there's that.

This is not a fantasy. There's no CGI here. There's no slipping between worlds--except inasmuch as Carol is only in small-town Spain for the space of a few months. She is from New York, though we only seldom hear her speak English, even with her mother. (Her father writes her in English; she and her mother write him in Spanish.) Her mother is from this town in Spain; her father is from New York. No fantasy world here, just the crossing of an ocean.

She has bad hair, poor thing, but she does have good friends--evenutally, after she's found a way to fit in. (I think you'll be surprised as to exactly what that way is.) She's got a cousin a little younger than she who comes to see her as an older sister. She's got a sweet grandfather who corrects her Spanish. She's got a truly creepy aunt and uncle--and uncle, in fact, who married her aunt after her mother dumped him for her father. This young girl in rural Spain is afraid [i]for[/i] her father, not [i]of[/i] her stepfather.

This is a quieter movie. This isn't as good a movie. It is, however, still one of the best movies I've seen in some time.
March 2, 2007
Great cinetograogy and story!
September 27, 2006
Beautiful Movie.One of the best I have ever seen.Just so beautiful
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