There Be Dragons

Synopsis: A young journalist long ago rejected by his now aged and dying father finds himself investigating one of his father's former friends, a candidate for canonization. Uncovering the two men's complicated relationship from childhood through the horrors of the Spanish Civil War unveils a compelling drama filled with passion, betrayal, love and religion. An action packed story set during a murderous time in history that ultimately serves the present by revealing the importance and timeless power of forgiveness.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Roland Joffé
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Greetings ,translated by :


"all wars begin long before

from firing the first shot "

"and continues long after the latest

has completed its mission"

when fascism and communism

spread across Europe,

In Spain, established a new

republic with a leftist government.

after years of political and

social instability in the summer of 1936

a group of generals of the

army led an uprising

which became a bitter and lengthy civil war.

Families were broken, the

brothers killed each other

they had to swear on the Bible

or spit on it

all faced the same question:

"and you are on which side ?"


This film is inspired by real events

I was a war baby.

but luckily for me ,I hadn't have to fight

in any of the 165 wars that have occurred

in my lifetime

my father ,wasn't so lucky

when he was a young man

every one in Spain had to take sides

and take up arms

the decision may have taken a second

but the consequences

lasted the rest of his life

he never talked about the war

until I was asked to write a book about a

dead priest

(Josemaria Escriva)

and then he began to talk and talk

and talk

and that's how I went looking for a saint

and found my father instead

I think it was Oscar Wilde who wrote :

(Irish-born poet author and playwright

who spent most of his career in England,

author of "The Picture of Dorian Gray)

"Every saint has a past"

"and every sinner has a future"

Josemaria !

father ! ,quick

quick get a doctor

in june 1976 ,

the nun was at the point of death

diagnosed with a multiple granulomatous tumor

causing pain

and turning a mass the size of an orange

on her left shoulder

cured in a sudden and lasting way

after the...

"...servant of Gad (Josemaria Escriva)

"have been invoked"

you have reached judge (Manolo Torres)

leave a message

dad ?

it's me ,Robert

your son

I'm in Rome

I'm doing a book on Josemaria Escriva

I'm coming to Madrid

you know ,I...I wanna talk to you about him

are you there ?

please dad ,pick up the phone

ok ,well I'll call you when I arrived

and why this interest in Escriva ?

the upoarer in the press his posible canonization

turned my publisher on

you know interestingly...

he came from same town as my father

yes of course !

how is the judge Roberto ?

to be honest I...

we haven't spoken 8 years

so I moved to London

and since then...

- well ,he's not very forgiving ,my father

- eight years !

- children ?

- no

I don't quite see my self as a father

your fater is a product

of a difficult time

you should try to understand it

well I do ,monsignori ,I do

God bless you in your quest

and give my regards to your...



- are you sure ?

- yes

this is Josemaria Escriva in the middle


that's me on the right

and on the left... your father

here's another one

at ther Seminari

dad ?

I'm in Madrid

been a long time

listen I'm close to the apartment and I want to

come and see you

- why would you write a book about him ?

- that's what I want

to talk to you about

leave it alone Roberto

well I found out that you were in Saminari

whit him and...

you never told me that you wanted to be a priest

don't you think that's weird ?

yes I thought it too

that's why I left after a year ,Roberto

why ? ,it was because of Civil War ?

- hello ,London Univercity

-Dr. Leila Azoulay please

which department ?

mathematical physics

good timing

I was just about to call you

- how's Spain ?

- I love Spain

how's your father ?

I love Spain

tell me

he doesn't want me to do

this Josemaria Escriva thing

at least you two spoke ,

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Roland Joffé

Roland Joffé (born 17 November 1945) is an English-French film director who is known for the Academy Award-winning movies The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his career in television. His early television credits included episodes of Coronation Street and an adaptation of The Stars Look Down for Granada. He gained a reputation for hard-hitting political stories with the series Bill Brand and factual dramas for Play for Today. more…

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