The man, David Foster, is a respected neurosurgeon attending a medical conference in Spain. In between his lectures, he reminisces about his idealistic youth, 30 years prior. He had joined the International Brigade which was the military group mentioned above. He had served as a doctor, trying to keep people alive in a time when life was cheap, and often quite disposable. During his service, the fascists made a major push on his field hospital and he ended up seriously wounded, perhaps on the brink of death. The only person willing to assist him was a young nurse, Maria, who nurtured him back to health. The two fell in love and circumstances of war kept them apart when he had to leave the country. Now that he has a chance to go back there, having led a good life and giving in to a more pragmatic approach towards life, he hopes to look Maria up and see what happens. Even during his conferences, he can't help but think of the attractive woman he had once wanted to marry. His time to find her limited, he returns to his old area and tries to find survivors that might remember him, and, more importantly, Maria.
I liked the idea of the movie more than the movie itself. One of the problems with movies made in the 1960's, especially low budget movies, is that they had such a different point of view. That makes it often difficult to understand or get into them. Such was the case here with far too much time spent in the medical talks and then in various situations that didn't move the movie forward fast enough for my tastes. The acting was okay in that sense but the direction and screenplay were usually lacking. When David finds a substitute for his past flame, he falls head over heels but in such an unrealistic manner. That he attempts to recapture his former glory in a bar was almost painful in how it was shown too.
So, if the technical aspects were weak (see below), and the story elements were not up to snuff, how can I rate this as anything other than a Skip It? The themes were certainly interesting enough to make me "want" to like it but the execution of those ideas by Director Jaime Camino was lacking.
Picture: The picture was presented in 1.33:1 ratio full frame color. The print showed it's age with a lot of scratches, various frame skipping, and a host of dvd transfer issues. The color was off more often than not and there were a number of artifacts on display during the show.
Sound: The audio was presented in mono Spanish with English subtitles (burnt in) and wasn't as bad as the picture. Yes, the dynamic range was limited and there were issues regarding clarity of the vocals and music but I was able to hear what they said.
Extras: trailer to the feature
Final Thoughts: The movie left me cold and the technical limitations kept me from being able to suggest it as worth checking out. Director Camino has made better movies and while this one might have been better received 30+ years ago, it was just too dated for me to enjoy.