Little Ashes

Critics Consensus

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



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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.

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Robert Pattinson
as Salvador Dali
Matthew McNulty
as Luis Buñuel
Javier Beltrán
as Federico Garcia Lorca
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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Audience Reviews for Little Ashes

  • Jul 04, 2012
    '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 S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2011
    This is just unbelievable, it figures that only Hollywood has the power to just trash Dali's image with just one film. I'm a fan of Salvador Dali's art, books, biography and when i heard of a film it only figures i got intrigued, only to find none other than Robert Pattinson taking the shoes of world wide renowned surreal painter Salvador Dali. I mean i know money is almost everything but Robert Pattinson? seriously? fuck the money, respect the artist. Got nothing against the guy but this is just WRONG. I even tried to overlook the fact that the film itself refers to the youth of Dali but did it really have to be Pattinson?. Ok let's overlook this also, another issue i got is even greater. Dali has an amazing love for another fellow male (that is waaaay too exaggerated in the movie ....oh come on, history barely speaks of such "accident" and no matter what i read about him i see everywhere only speaking of his undying love for his wife Gala that represents his, and i quote "muse and very air he breathes". But... the film itself is still interesting and tends to incline to almost a biography of Dali's youth. I just wished he was more like...the Dali i read about. Nonetheless it's a little piece of history from now on that's worth watching. Enjoy!
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2011
    Madrid in 1922 is no different than anyplace else when it comes to university students complaining about the repressive state of affairs. At least, Federico Garcia Lorca(Javier Beltran) has been published as a poet while Luis Bunuel(Matthew McNulty) is thinking about making a film. Salvador Dali(Robert Pattinson) puts them all to shame with his entrance in his fancy dress. The only thing Magdalena(Marina Gatell) can bring to the party is a short haircut but that will do for now. She also does have an invitation to a fashionable dinner party to which she brings along Federico and Salvador. Considering the time, place and people involved, "Little Ashes" is a potentially fascinating, yet fatally flawed and uninspiring, movie that even without Robert Pattinson's horrendous performance, still might not have been much good. Another problem arises from treating the characters as merely historical figures in a wax museum, rather than flesh and blood people. Despite their possible dreams, none had any idea what history would have in store for them.(I remember reading in a biography of Luis Bunuel where he wondered how he would have been remembered if he had died in the Spanish Civil War.) And the movie simply goes on too long when a tighter focus on a single time and place would have been the way to go. In its defense, I should point out the movie does the right thing by not shying away from any homoeroticism. Along these same lines there are some good thoughts on the importance of sticking to one's beliefs.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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