From Spanish director Fernando Colomo comes this adaptation of Gerald Brenan's comedic autobiographical book Al sur de Granada. Matthew Goode stars as Brenan, a young Englishman of affluent and noble stock. Motivated by idealism and with a desire to become a great writer, Gerald moves to a small Spanish town to get away from the trappings of his upbringing. There, he befriends Paco, a local man played by Guillermo Toledo, who helps introduce Gerald to the town. Eventually, the beautiful Juliana (Verónica Sánchez) catches Gerald's eye, and he immediately falls for her. From there, it's up to Paco to familiarize Gerald with the local customs so that he can win the heart of Juliana. Consuelo Trujillo and Ángela Molina also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
I thought this was was going to be more about a man who fell in love with a peasant girl. It turned out to be about a snooty upper-class British man corresponded with his chums back home, while trying to seduce an under-age, illiterate peasant girl, with no thought of the future or her reputation in the village. Looking for a happier story? I recommend Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley, which deals with class issues, or even the classic Brigadoon, which is a similar story about a wealthy man who stumbles upon a mysterious village and falls in love with a peasant woman. If you want a good Spanish movie, try Honey for Oshun, about a man who embarks on a trip to Cuba to find long lost family.
I watched this movie awhile back and don't remember much about it. I just remember how hideous Matthew Goode's hair looked. He has dark hair and it was dyed this blonde/reddish color, even his eyebrows and it was just unnatural and distracting. Not a good movie, watch Chasing Liberty instead.
I've read Gerald Brenan's memoirs, which are delightful in depicting rural life in a remote mountain village by Sierra Nevada nearly 100 years ago. To some extent, some things haven't changed. Fortunately others have, but those who know the area can appreciate a subtle authenticity in the acting, the ambientation and even the accents (they're all a bit off, but thankfully you can tell they did some research instead of falling for the generic "Sevillano" accent that most non-Andalusians believe to be the norm). Guillermo Toledo has a specially fortunate role as Brenan's close friend Paco.