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Little Ashes (2009)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: It has a beautiful cast, but Little Ashes suffers from an uneven tone and a surplus of unintentionally silly moments.

Movie Info

In the midst of the repression and political unrest of pre-Spanish Civil War, eccentric artist Salvador Dalí and renowned poet and revolutionary Federico García Lorca find their artistic and sexual freedom. The two form a bond challenged by their fierce ambitions, their friends, the struggle between a love for Spain and a love for each other. Starring Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell, and Arly Jover.more
Rating: R (for sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Philippa Goslett, Phillipa Goslett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
Regent Releasing - Official Site

Cast

Robert Pattinson
as Salvador Dali
Matthew McNulty
as Luis Buñuel
Javier Beltrán
as Federico Garcia Lorc...
Simón Andreu
as Fernando del Valle
Marina Gatell
as Magdalena
Diana Gomez
as Ana Maria
Pep Sais
as Art Teacher
Philippa Goslett
as Federico's Sister
Hannah Rutzou
as Federico's Sister
Vicky Peña
as Magdalena's Aunt
Marc Pujol
as Carlos
Joan Picó
as Young Officer
Ferran Lahoz
as Señor Milagro
Sue Flack
as Madam
Christian Rodrigo
as Young Journalist
Adrian Devant
as Puppeteer
Ramón Enrich
as Professor
Paco Alonso
as Gypsy Singer
Ferran Audi
as Guard 1
Adria Allue
as Guard 2
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Critic Reviews for Little Ashes

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23)

A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Beltran, for his part, makes a solidly believable Garcia Lorca. The problem is with the man with whom he's obsessed. In Pattinson's performance, we never see what Garcia Lorca sees in Dali.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

Little Ashes is stylish enough to beguile and bold enough to provoke, but it's not bright enough to illuminate.

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Even cinematographer Adam Suschitzky's richly textured and resonantly toned cityscapes and rural scenes can't make up for a flawed script and weak performances in what might have been a powerful historical drama.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

What's intended to be a daring look at repressed sexuality, three-ways and all, has the dramatic heft of a true-love comic book.

Full Review… | May 21, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Better to seek out these artists' works firsthand than to settle for this tame rehash, pretty as it may be.

Full Review… | May 14, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Little Ashes

½

A disappointing effort that doesn't develop well the personalities of its three main characters and is unable to make us see what Lorca could possibly find so attractive in Pattinson's Dalí. Besides, it suffers from irregular performances and some cheesy, embarrassing moments.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

'Little Ashes' follows the (at the time illegal) romance between famed painter Dali and poet Lorca. Dali is the main protaginist being portrayed by Robert Pattinson, who does a very good job despite the occasional lapse in his accent and proves that Twilight isn't his only role.

The story is well scripted with mostly good dialogue which sometimes is lost in the muddle of other noises and occasionally just becomes unhearable. The music however fits nicely and although doesn't boost the film still makes a fine addition.

The mise-en-scene in the film is very nice to look at despite one scene which I'm almost positive was a greenscreen, apart from that everything was beautifully shot amd framed in such a way that not only shows of the actors but the scenery.

Overall, not a great film but an enjoyayble one, it could of done with being 10 minutes shorter as it seemed like some moments were crammed in but for the most part it's an interesting insight into Dali.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

Since I began writing reviews regularly, I've found myself becoming aware while I'm watching a film that I will have to have something intelligent to say about it. If I am not enjoying a film, I feel that I have to come up with a viable reason why. This was difficult for Little Ashes. I found myself complete unengaged with the film, and it was difficult to pinpoint why or what the filmmakers could have done to fix the problem. The best that I can determine is that the film frequently wanders. Is this a film about boys becoming men at school? Sorta. Is it about homosexuality? KInda. Is it a political drama? I guess. Even sprawling biopics generally have a central theme or character that pushes them forward, and we see no such thing in the story of Garcia Lorca and Dali.
And Robert Pattinson. Clearly, I find Edward Cullen insufferable and the Twilight movies banal. But I had no great hatred for the actor until now. He is truly, truly awful in this film. I can't remember a single action that seemed motivated, and there is little reason to believe that Garcia Lorca would love/obsess over Pattinson's Dali. It is true that Salvador Dali often turned his life and his behavior into a twentieth century Diogenes, but we don't see satire in Pattinson's Dali; we see dumb schtick.
Overall, this film is chore.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Little Ashes Quotes

Salvador Dali: From this point on, my real life begins.
Federico Garcia Lorca: Your real life? And what about this life? You can't just abandon everything!
Salvador Dali: Abandon what? Sitting in an art room all day, going out of my mind with boredom? Drinking myself into a stupor every night? I'm so sick of it!
Federico Garcia Lorca: How can you say that? Your painting's never been better. This isn't you, Salvador. What's happened to you?
Salvador Dali: Federico, why can't you just be happy for me?
– Submitted by Queonia Isabella Livingston L (4 years ago)
Salvador Dali: If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone's going to remember me, then I need to go further in everything: in art, in life, in everything they think is real: morality, immorality, good, bad, I, we, have to smash that to pieces, we have to go beyond that, we have to be brave. no limit.
– Submitted by Queonia Isabella Livingston L (4 years ago)

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