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Finding Altamira (Altamira)2016

Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016)



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In 1879, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino (Antonio Banderas) and his daughter Maria (Allegra Allen) discover seemingly impossible paintings of galloping bison adorning the walls of a hidden cave. The cave of Altamira brings the world together in amazement, drawing people of all types to see the paintings in person. But, Marcelino soon realizes that the art on the walls must be 10,000 years old, earlier than anyone believes possible. The theory threatens to tear Maria and Marcelino's family apart while the outside world's astonishment soon turns to fury and fear. The Catholic Church sees his claims as an attack on biblical truth while scientists prove just as dogmatic and reactionary. Maria's fairytale world grows darker as her family faces disaster and Marcelino's discovery is repressed. Only their love for each other can guide them toward redemption as Marcelino fights to spread the truth.

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Allegra Allen
as María Sautuola
Clement Sibony
as Émile Cartailhac
Pierre Niney
as Paul Ratier
Rupert Everett
as Monseñor
Tristan Ulloa
as Abbe Breuil
Irene Escolar
as Adult Maria
Henry Goodman
as De Los Rios
Jose Luis Esteban
as Father Thomas
Kike Guaza
as King Alfonso XII
as Harlé
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Critic Reviews for Finding Altamira (Altamira)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Finding Altamira is let down by ordinary acting, way too many scholarly adages and a perplexing level of inaction.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Director Hugh Hudson maintains a steady hand throughout in this low-key but powerful rumination on faith and reason.

September 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Antonio Banderas' admirable performance fails to energize Hugh Hudson's handsome but ponderous period drama.

September 17, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A rote but engaging historical drama about the eternal debate between truth and mythology.

September 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Some striking shots cannot make up for static storytelling and a clunky script.

September 15, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

In Antonio Banderas, Mr. Hudson has a winning de Sautuola of personal modesty, scientific integrity and paternal warmth.

September 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Finding Altamira (Altamira)


I discovered this film by mere coincidence, never even knowing of its existence. And I truly loved it: the story, Banderas' performance, the characters, everything!

Serge Elia
Serge Elia

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