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Little Ashes (2008)

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About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tía de Magdalena
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In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite - Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their youthfully decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico - who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friend, Magdalena. In the face of his friends' preoccupations - and Federico's growing renown as a poet - Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town of ... Written by Anonymous

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Three rebels willing to take on the world. Two lovers risking it all. One story, untold until now, See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Ishyri elxi  »

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Box Office


€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,394 (USA) (8 May 2009)


$480,339 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Pattinson admitted in German magazine "Interview" that he masturbated for real during the sex scene, because he found it impossible to fake an orgasm and the reactions of the body and face during that moment. See more »


[first lines]
Federico García Lorca: [whispering voiceover] Dry land, quiet land of immense night. Wind in the olive grove. Wind in the sierra.
[overlapping dialogue]
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Etude Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary) in C minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Pianist Felipe Browne
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A Devastating, Brilliant & Surreal film; A Timely Film in 2009.....
10 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is definitely in that upper echelon category of films-- will either be deeply loved or greatly misunderstood. Viewers who go with an open mind; a tolerant & patient mind; understanding that this film is depicting surreal times; understanding that this type of film may be appreciated on a poetic/metaphoric level (rather than spelling everything out/beating viewers over the head with facts or niceties)-- coming from this place then I feel this film will be greatly enjoyed. (For some viewers, it might help to perhaps have a brief surrealism/Dali./Spain between the wars primer; this might make a difference in better appreciating certain aspects of the characters and the times portrayed.) I agree with another review, that in its essence this story about a little known poet and peer of Dali named Federico García Lorca-- the words devastating, beautiful, tragic, and inspiring come to mind. Lastly, even though this film depicts early 20th Century events, I must underscore the fact that this a highly important and timely film right now in 2009 in terms of basic human rights/dignity; namely the right that any human has to deeply love whomever that person wishes to love. DEFINITELY recommend this film.

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