Year of Enlightment (1986)

  |  Comedy, Drama, History

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April, 1940. Manolo, 16 years old, and Jesus, who is just 8, are taken by their older brother Pepe, a lieutenant in the Army, to a sanatorium for children suffering from tuberculosis, ... See full summary »

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6 May 1999 | Paul-250
| A Gentle awakening
This beautifully sensitive rites of passage film was co-authored by Rafael Azcona and the director Fernando Trueba, who later worked together on the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque. Those who enjoyed that film, or indeed any thoughtful film with sensitive characterisation, will enjoy this too. There are so few films of this quality made in any language, and it deserves much wider recognition. The two teenage leads Jorge Sanz and Maribel Verdu are perfectly cast and show how exquisite can be the process of discovery and self-discovery in young lovers brought together at a time of maximum curiosity and receptiveness. A beautiful film.

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Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | History | Romance


Release Date:

5 December 1986


Spanish, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Agriboa, Ponte de Lima, Portugal

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