Year of Enlightment (El año de las luces) 37 years old

Year of Enlightment

April, 1940. Manolo, 16 years old, and Jesus, who is just 8, are taken by their older brother Pepe, a lieutenant in the Army, to a sanatorium for children suffering from tuberculosis, situated on the border with Portugal. Once in the sanatorium, Manolo, surrounded by boys all much younger than he is, feels a bit like the cock of the walk since the only other man around is the handyman Emilio who looks after the gardens and does whatever needs to be done about the place. His wife, Rafaela, is the cook. Manolo meets Irene, a falangist who runs the sanatorium, and the school teacher, Miss Transito, a crabby spinster. He has his first sexual experience, albeit as a voyeur, with his nurse Vicenta. When she has to leave, her place is taken by a girl from the village, Maria Jesus, with whom Manolo falls hopelessly in love. A relationship grows up between them which will mark them both for ever.


Year of Enlightment Cast

Name Character
Maribel Verdú She was 16, now 53 years old as María Jesús
Santiago Ramos He was 37, now 74 years old as Pepe
Rafaela Aparicio She was 80, 90 years old when she died as Rafaela
Jorge Sanz He was 17, now 54 years old as Manolo
Manuel Alexandre He was 69, 92 years old when he died as Emilio
Diana Peñalver She was 21, now 59 years old as Paquita
Violeta Cela She was 25, now 63 years old as Vicenta
José Sazatornil He was 61, 89 years old when he died as Don Teódulo
Chus Lampreave She was 55, 85 years old when she died as Doña Tránsito
Manuel Huete
Verónica Forqué She was 31, now 68 years old as Irene
Gabriel Latorre He was 33, now 71 years old as falangista
Pedro Reyes He was 14, now 51 years old as Pascual
Jesús Fernández He was 36, now 74 years old as Cazador 2
José María Cañete as Caballero
Carlos Lucas He was 56, 74 years old when he died as Detenido
Pilar Ordóñez as Hermana 3

Year of Enlightment Crew

Name Department
Joaquín Manchado as Assistant Camera. Camera
Lala Huete as Assistant Costume Designer. She was 29 (now 67) years old Costume & Make-Up
Jean-Claude Laureux as Sound. He was 33 (now 71) years old Sound
Gilles Ortion as Boom Operator. Sound
Peris as Wardrobe Master. Costume & Make-Up
Teresa Matías as Hairstylist. Costume & Make-Up
Luis Argüello as Art Direction. He was 55 (now 92) years old Art
Luis Argüello as Costume Design. He was 55 (now 92) years old Costume & Make-Up
Josep Rosell as Production Design. Art
Carmen Frías as Editor. She was 48 (81) years old when She died Editing
Esther García as Assistant Production Manager. She was 30 (now 68) years old Production
Andrés Vicente Gómez as Producer. He was 43 (now 80) years old Production
Ángel Gómez as Grip. He was 5 (now 42) years old Camera
Fernando Trueba as Director. He was 31 (now 69) years old Directing
Fernando Trueba as Writer. He was 31 (now 69) years old Writing
Rafael Azcona as Writer. He was 60 (81) years old when He died Writing
Cristina Huete as Production Manager. Production
Juan Amorós as Director of Photography. He was 50 (now 88) years old Camera
Juan Amorós as Camera Operator. He was 50 (now 88) years old Camera
Juan Botella as Assistant Production Manager. He was 45 (29) years old when He died Production
Francisco Guerrero as Music. He was 458 (71) years old when He died Sound
Manuel Huete as Story. Writing
Jaime Botella as Assistant Production Manager. Production
Pablo Blanco as Assistant Editor. He was 13 (now 24) years old Editing
Year of Enlightment poster
Year of Enlightment (37 years)

  • Release day: Friday, December 05, 1986
  • Runtime: 105 minutes