The year is 1922, and young Salvador Dalí arrives at the Students' Residence in Madrid, hoping to become a great surreal artist. He meets poet and writer Federico García Lorca and budding film maker Luis Buñuel and, though shy, joins their group of avant-garde friends. Lorca falls instantly in love with Dalí who returns his affections, to a point.
This low-budget, art-house biopic is poorly written and directed. We never learn anything about the personalities, talents, or inspirations of the three main characters and Dalí changes from morose student to flamboyant exhibitionist without explanation. Javier Beltran stars as García Lorca and is quite charismatic and sympathetic. Twilight
's Robert Pattinson is badly miscast as Dalí, however, mumbling in a bad Spanish accent, avoiding eye contact, and looking uncomfortable and often quite silly on the screen.
The script wanders all over the place and becomes dull when Beltran is not on screen. There is no real drama or intensity, in spite of the longing glances and groping. Disappointing.