Little Ashes (2009)



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.

Rating: R (for sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Phillipa Goslett, Philippa Goslett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $0.4M
Regent Releasing - Official Site



as Salvador Dali

as Luis Buñuel

as Federico Garcia Lorc...

as Fernando del Valle

as Magdalena

as Magdalena's Aunt

as Ana Maria

as Art Teacher

as Federico's Sister

as Federico's Sister

as Carlos

as Young Officer

as Señor Milagro

as Madam

as Young Journalist

as Puppeteer

as Professor

as Gypsy Singer

as Guard 1

as Guard 2
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Critic Reviews for Little Ashes

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22)

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

'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


A disappointing effort that doesn't develop well the personalities of its three main characters - and it feels hard to see what Lorca finds so attractive in Pattinson's Dalí. Also, the story is mined by irregular performances and some cheesy, embarrassing moments.

Carlos Magalhães

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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