In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis". These tales mix war stories, local gossip, comic book characters, fantasy and real events.
In the mid 80s, a doctor and a nurse-nun who grew up together and now are co-workers in a hospital, identify the corpse of a childhood friend. This discovery leads them to remember those years when used to tell "aventis".
Based on the novel by Juan Marsé.
Warning: This movie may contain nudity scenes. Viewer discretion is advised.
Winner of a Goya Award 1990: Best Actor (Jorge Sanz)
Winner of 2 Fotogramas de Plata 1990: Best Movie Actor (Jorge Sanz); and, Best Movie Actress (Victoria Abril)
Winner of an ADIRCAE Award 1990: Best Actor (Jorge Sanz)
Winner of a Premi de Cinematografia de la Generalitat de Catalunya 1990: Best Actress (Victoria Abril)
Winner of a Sant Jordi Award 1990: Best Spanish Actor (Jorge Sanz)
Nominated to 6 Goya Awards 1990: Best Director (Vicente Aranda); Best Actress (Victoria Abril); Best Screenplay - Adapted; Best Costume Design; Best Production Design; and, Best Make-Up and Hairstyles
Nominated to a Fotogramas de Plata 1990: Best Movie Actor (Antonio Banderas)