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1922. As Madrid wavers on the edge of social change, Salvador Dali is drawn into the decadent lifestyle of Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Buñuel. But as the three explore the art world together, a forbidden attraction develops which changes their lives forever. Starring Robert Pattinson, Javier Beltran, Matthew McNulty.
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I have no idea how true this story is, so I will pretend that it is fiction, based on real people. In the most believable role I've ever seen him in, Robert Pattinson portrays Salvador Dalí, brilliant painter and filmmaker; I'd never heard of this actor prior, but Javier Beltrán plays writer Frederico García Lorca and is absolutely brilliant. The story starts where they are in art school together and have a form of love affair, without an sexuality. You feel their tension and attraction, but it is so frowned upon that Dalí can't bring himself to embrace it. Fast-forward to adulthood, Dalí is married to a woman and García Lorca is in a relationship with another man. Their tension persists to their later years and, through twists and turns, they can't seem to find each other, even though there is obvious love and a connection between them. Pattinson, whom I find to be one of the worst actors of our day, was fantastic and Beltrán was superb. It's definitely a movie for the art fan, the love fan, and the fan of the unrequited experience. Fantastic film and underrated like crazy!
The story is alternately angst-ridden, languid and intense. However, the movie is incredibly slow. Almost tortuously slow at times. I think the filmmakers intended to show the gradual growth of feeling between the two men, but sometime I felt like I was looking at a lovely painting instead of a living story. There are some very intense scenes, in particular when Dali and Lorca attempt to have sex without really taking the reality of it into account. This scene was gut-wrenching and emotional, but there were too few scenes of such intensity. Overall, fans of historical and/or biographical films who have a lot of patience may find this rewarding. I thought it was a good film, but not one I would watch again.