Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom/Spain, 2008. APT Films, Aria Films, Factotum Barcelona S.L., Met Film Production, Met Film. Screenplay by Philippa Goslett. Cinematography by Adam Suschitzky. Produced by Carlo Dusi, Jonny Persey, Jaume Vilalta. Music by Miguel Mera. Production Design by Pere Francesc. Costume Design by Antonio Belart. Film Editing by Rachel Tunnard.
Best buddies Luis Bunuel and Federico Garcia Lorca are joined at college by the eccentric and odd painter Salvador Dali, and a trio of artistic geniuses is born. Bunuel (Matthew McNulty) is the tough hetero stalwart of the bunch, Lorca (Javier Beltrán) the sensitive gay poet and Dali (Robert Pattinson) the fluid visionary who strikes up a passionate affair with Lorca that is troubled from the start. As time progresses, Dali needs to distance himself from the deeply devoted writer, taking up with a woman in Paris while all three friends become stronger at their work, destined for legendary status that is intertwined with the changing political climate having a deep impact on their relationships. Beautiful costumes and good intentions are overcome by stale direction and awkward casting, with two British performers added to an actual Spaniard (who is the best and most natural of the bunch) and everyone delivers their dialogue in English with a multitude of accents. Pattinson is a wonderful actor with a deeply soulful face, but he can’t quite convince you of the gleeful touch of madness that Dali is known for, while the plot mostly plays like middling soap opera..