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Director  Javier Fesser
Duration  
Country  Spain
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Writer  Javier Fesser
Language  Spanish
Camino (film) movie poster
Release date  25 September 2008 (2008-09-25) (San Sebastian Film Festival) 17 October 2008 (2008-10-17) (Spain)
Initial DVD release  January 19, 2011 (Argentina)
Music director  Rafael Arnau, Mario Gosalvez Blanco
Cast  Nerea Camacho (Camino), Mariano Venancio (José), Carme Elias (Gloria), Manuela Vellés (Nuria), Lola Casamayor (Tía Marita), Ana Gracia (Inés)
Similar movies  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Rainmaker, A Civil Action, Desperate Measures, Marvin's Room, Solino

Camino 2008 trailer


Camino is a 2008 Spanish drama film directed by Javier Fesser. The film is inspired by the real story of Alexia González-Barros, a girl who died from spinal cancer at age 14 in 1985 and who is in process of canonization.

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The film is controversial because Alexia's siblings said it was a distortion of the girl's history. They also objected to Fesser's use of Alexia's full name in his dedication, despite him having undertaken not to directly identify her. He calls her Camino ('the way') in the film, referencing 'the way' to sainthood she apparently undergoes.

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Camino trailer


Summary

Camino's elder sister is a Catholic acolyte, deliberately kept from contacting her family. Suppressing open signs of normal maternal grief, the mother seems almost inhuman in urging her dying daughter to 'offer up' her suffering for Jesus. The father struggles to protect his daughter from a concerted effort to canonise her (even before her death) by his wife, elder daughter, and Protestant officials. Even the hospital medical staff seem to be complicit in this.

In a subversive irony, Fesser suggests that Camino's 'Jesus', whose name she invokes, is not Christ, but a teenage boy named Jesús (a common name in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries) on whom Camino has a normal schoolgirl crush. This is shown in dream sequences she experiences throughout the film.

Reception

Catholics said the film was "biased and false" in its presentation of the "attitudes, sentiments and intentions" of the organization's members.http://www.diarioya.es/content/las-mentiras-de-la-pel%C3%ADcula-camino

The film won six Goya Awards, including best picture, best director, and best original screenplay.

In reaction to the film, director Pedro Delgado in 2011 released a documentary about the life of Alexia González-Barros, including video footage from her family's archives.

Awards and nominations

Goya Awards (Spain)

  • Won: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Jordi Dauder)
  • Won: Best Breakthrough Actress (Nerea Camacho)
  • Won: Best Actress (Carme Elías)
  • Won: Best Director (Javier Fesser)
  • Won: Best Film
  • Won: Best Screenplay – Original (Javier Fesser)
  • Nominated: Best Visual Effects
  • References

    Camino (film) Wikipedia
    Camino (film) IMDb Camino (film) themoviedb.org


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