The Blind Sunflowers

Synopsis: Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling in the front, returns to seminary in Ourense.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): José Luis Cuerda
Production: A Modino
  10 wins & 21 nominations.
98 min

I cannot tell you anything, Lord,

Really, I cannot.

I do not know.

Father is waiting for you.

Orense, spring 1940

Why did you send me to war, Father?

What a question!

Because you had to go.

Good God if you were not.

Wasn't it a Crusade? There, the very first ones...

... raising the flag high, son, with pride.

You say with pride?

But it is not easy, you know?

It is that...

It's that... some things are seen, Father,

some things are lived.

Ideals are what they are.

No doubts on ours, for sure.

But the war...

... the day-to-day death.

They are the instincts.


They are the instincts. Are you going to talk to me about them?


... terrible topics...

... enormous sins, also.

Yes, this is the truth.

However, let me tell you

These re the same instincts...

... that make heroism arise.

To start with, you must be alive if you want to fight.

and more alive still, if you wants to succeed.

A dead soldier dead does not win battles.

Yes, of course, but...

Life, Salvador...


Would you be get shocked if I tell you that life includes sin?

It's not that is shocks me or not,

These days, any shocking


My problem is that...

You've got problems or sins?

All together, Father.

Problems and sins.

One gets out of the seminary and enters the world this way...

... in the war.

For this, there is no valid preparation.

You can see me:
deacon, one year singing mass.

Is your vocation still alive?

I don't know, Father.

I've done all type of nonsense.

I killed.

I shot people.

I kill them off, in the floor, while they looked at my eyes.

I had to close me eyes.

My hand shook.

I did not get it right,

and had to shot again.

and I sinned a lot.

Don't worry about that.

I mean, don't worry more than what's necessary.

About the sins, we will worry both Our Lord Jesus Christ...

... who had already His war in the cross, and I.

About the problems...

... you...

... and I, again.

You are confused.

And I understand it. We all have been confused at some point in our lives.


... you need some time to see things clear.

The Bible, which is very wise...

... is also very pretty, beautiful, very poetical.

At some point...

... to mention those who lost their way,

... it compares them to the "blind sunflowers."

They can't see the sunlight, they're lost.

But the sun exists.

There is light, Salvador, and it guides us.

I'm going to send you to a school to teach until the end of the course.

It's a more benign war. To battle with the children.

Good night.

Good night.

Why do you need to go?

So that the policy does not arrest Lalo.

What did he do?

Nothing. To write verses scathing priests and rich people.

If they ever know they're his, they'll kill him.

And why doesn't he hide with dad?

Because... Wait.


and we do not have sugar.

Mom, do you think I should carry this coat?

It is a little big.

It's too much, the weather is getting better.

Spring is very treacherous, you shouldn't trust it.

Have it, dear.

Come on, let's have breakfast, it's getting late.

Are you sure you know what you're doing?

If it weren't, I wouldn't stay here.

You do not trust me?

It's not that.

The problem is that Oliveira Salazar is in very good terms with Franco.

Portugal could be a trap.

Let's go.


Good morning. Sorry, I was in the bathroom.

Good morning. My aunt, you know how she is

She's asking me to ask you again for the rent. It's already the 15th.

On Friday. I'm delivering some work.

If it was me, there would be no problem. But, I'm just following orders.

I know. I have to take the boy to school.

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Rafael Azcona

Rafael Azcona Fernández (24 October 1926 – 24 March 2008) was an awarded Spanish screenwriter and novelist who has worked with some of the best Spanish and international filmmakers. Azcona won five Goya Awards during his career, including a lifetime achievement award in 1998.He was born in the northern Spanish city Logroño on 24 October 1926. Azcona initially began his career writing for humor magazines. He became known as a screenwriter when he penned the screenplay for the film, El Pisito (The Little Apartment), which was based on his own novel. The 1959 film was directed by Italian film director, Marco Ferreri.Azcona teamed up with director Fernando Trueba in “Belle Époque,” which won an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1994. He collaborated with other Spanish directors including Luis Garcia Berlanga, Jose Luis Cuerda, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Pedro Olea, and Carlos Saura. Azcona was also awarded the Spanish Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1994.Rafael Azcona died at his home in Madrid, Spain, on 24 March 2008, at the age of 81. more…

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