I was vaguely interested when I heard about Finding Altamira, the 2016 film about the discovery of the prehistoric art in the Altamira caves in Spain starring Antonio Banderas, but then got distracted. I finally fired it up and found it not perfect but enjoyable! This film tells a fictionalized version of a real life story: “In 1879, amateur archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola was led by his eight-year-old daughter María to discover the cave’s drawings,” per Wikipedia.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. Critically:
Some of the sub-plots were a little heavy handed, particularly Rupert Everett as the disapproving local priest:
The costumes were designed by Consolata Boyle (Radioactive, Victoria & Abdul, Chéri), and she knows her stuff! I did spend the whole film thinking I had read it was set in 1866, so then was grumbling at the (beautiful) natural form dresses — only to recheck and yep, it’s 1879. Duh!
I’m (of course) going to focus on Conchita’s costumes, since they’re the most interesting.
Have you seen Finding Altamira? What did you think?