In the year 1937, Andrea Pesce (Andrea Calabrese), a Sicilian member of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, is on his way to the frontline when he falls through a hole in time and into present day Spain . Finding himself in a small village in the Province of Salamanca, he befriends Tomas, the village teacher (Fede Sanchez), has to deal with being confused by an angel, an over enthusiastic priest (Javier Saez) and must make a choice between staying in a time where he doesn't belong or trying to go back to the horrors of war and the woman he loves. From the makers of The Soul of Flies (El Alma de las Moscas) comes another surreal, moving comedy about the absurdity and perils of war and peace.
Low-budget, odd, slightly amateurish short film about time travel and the Spanish civil war.
- The Year and the Vineyard review by PV
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This is an oddity - and feels odd, a bit amateurish, and perhaps more suited to a 1 hour TV drama than a movie. The premise is slight and absurd; some of the acting performances over-theatrical; the script sags in the middle (though thankfully it's a very short film). The budget was clearly of the shoestring variety too!
Suspension of disbelief is needed on a huge scale here - but as time travel features in so many TV series, maybe that's not such a big deal.
There's a vague and under-developed romantic subplot featuring the Italian soldier, but one wonders where the movie can go exactly, so maybe it's best under-developed. It's merely meant to balance the weird village teacher romantic subplot anyway. One sensed that the film makers were trying to find ways to pad out a slight story that could have been wrapped in in half an hour of a sci-fi TV series though!
Still, despite all the negatives, there is something charming about this film. Hence the 2 stars and not 1.