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Fervent, realistic and distressing depiction of revolutionary idealism and its disillusionment in the face of conflicting factions and realpolitik.
So good. Moving. Great content and script for both genders.
Loach creates a masterful drama about a different kind of 'innocence lost': that of political idealism. Clever examination of the Spanish political landscape are buoyed by great performances from the international cast, and a lack of sap.
In spring 1936, a young unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party, David Carr (Ian Hart), leaves his hometown Liverpool to travel to Spain and join the International Brigades in the fight against fascism. He crosses the Spanish border in Catalonia and coincidentally ends up enlisted in a POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista) militia. In this company, as in all POUM militias, men and women - such as the young and enthusiastic Maite - fight together. In the following weeks and months he becomes friends with other foreign volunteers, like the French Bernard, and he falls in love with Blanca (Rosana Pastor), a member of POUM, who is also the ideologue of his group. After being wounded and recovering in a hospital in Barcelona, he finally joins - in accordance with his original plan and against the opinion of Blanca - the government-backed International Brigades, and he encounters the Stalinist propaganda and repression against POUM members and anarchists. They remain in Barcelona and end up fighting other anti-fascist groups. David is disappointed and decides to go back to his old band...
"Land and Freedom" is Ken Loach and Jim Allen's tribute to the ordinary volunteers that risked their lives for a better world in the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. A war that was obviously complicated and quite confusing in terms of many different opinions and how they fight should be handled and what should be the result of it. It´s understandable that the Spanish rather not talk about this horrifying Civil War, but at the same time this cannot be forgotten. The direction is strong from Ken Loach, the acting truly convincing and the emotional layers are a plenty. Various languages: Spanish, English and Catalan are spoken throughout the film, and subtitles are used selectively which is a great decision in my point of view. The version I saw had no subtitles at all, but the added value of the spoken Spanish and Catalan is of my liking and due to the fact that the acting is of so high standard you still get the point of the conversations. The tale of battle for what you believe in, betrayal and lost hope is the foundation and you get an insight of the atrocities of this war against facism in "Land And Freedom". Ian Hart and the lovely Rosana Pastor are great in their roles, but then again it´s hard to just point out those two as everyone infront of the camera does a great job as said.
It relies on a dynamic storytelling and a faithful narrative (it even develops the famous Fets de Maig del 38 in a pseudo-critical view) whilst powerful military battles take place in the middle. Predictable, topic-filled and kind of propagandistic, though, but still an aceptable and curious approach to the Spanish Civil War from an international point of view.
Intense drama set in the Spanish Civil War, following a young englishman's involvement in the revolution as a member of the Communist Party. Though it's an intellectual's film, Loach is also very able in transmitting the passion of a revolutionary with his raw and documentary like style which adds impact through realism.
A very interesting slice of history, and an ambitious undertaking, but it falls short in my humble opinion. I just didnt care about any of the characters and although some of the scenes involving the various discussions of the war were well crafted and engaging it was all a bit of a tame affair. I was expecting to be much more emotionally involved but it failed to stir anything more than a deep sigh...
A heartbreaking and inspiring film.
Very nice film
I think it really shows the division between leftist groups during the war and the division in general Thier is some action and battle scenes but nothing to exciting it's really more of an intellectual film one that makes you think
The acting was pretty good and a nice story
Note: Thier is a scene in which the socialists and fascist throw insults at each other some is in spanish some English if you know the language very comical
Overall good film