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The Year of Awakening

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Original title
El año de las luces
Year
Running time
103 min.
Country
Spain Spain
Director
Screenwriter
Rafael Azcona, Fernando Trueba
Music
Francisco Guerrero
Cinematography
Juan Amorós
Cast
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Producer
Iberoamericana
Genre
Comedy | Teen/coming-of-age. Spanish Post-War
Synopsis / Plot
April, 1940. Manolo, 15 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, situated on the border with Portugal. Once in the sanatorium, Manolo, surrounded by boys all much younger than he is, feels a bit like the cock of the walk since the only other man around is the handyman Emilio who looks after the gardens and does whatever needs to be done about the place. His wife, Rafaela, is the cook. Manolo meets Irene, a falangist who runs the sanatorium, and the school teacher, Miss Transito, a crabby spinster. He has his first sexual experience, albeit as a voyeur, with his nurse Vicenta. When she has to leave, her place is taken by a girl from the village, María Jesús, with whom Manolo falls hopelessly in love. A relationship grows up between them which will mark them both for ever.
Awards
1986: Goya for Best Supporting Actress (Verónica Forqué)
1987: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Outstanding Single Archievement
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