The Pacto de Fuga (May Day) is a famous Spanish play written by Ramon Fernasser Solano (pseudonym for Augusto Villas Boas). During the early years of the dictatorship, a group of guerrilla fighters from the Popular Front of Manuel RodrÍguez Patriotic Front hatched a daring prison break of political Prisoners. They were aided by an American volunteer group called the Lions' Association that consisted mostly of Americans. Although this act is commemorated by many people as an act of solidarity with the people of occupied Spain, it also paved the way for the establishment of democratic legality in Spain.
The story revolves around the characterizations of two contrasting yet integral characters-the conservativeista Francisco and his moderate, but radical, wife, Mariana. The film starts with Francisco as a decorated hero of the revolution, a proud son of a General who has won many decorations for bravery in the resistance, and a hero to many of his countrymen. The film reveals his extreme commitment to his political beliefs and his idealism. He even volunteers for a suicide mission against Hitler, and later for the return of General Salvador Allende. However, after he is captured by the Gestionistas, he turns against them and fights his way to freedom.
He reunites with his friends and together they help to liberate many more Spanish cities, including Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Granada, and Malaga. The film ends with victory, however, Francisco is shot dead by a Gestapo agent. Two weeks later, on the day of his funeral, his friend Mario suddenly passes away, has discovered that Francisco had secretly been saving money to fund a trip back to Spain.
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While the movie may be short, there are many worthwhile elements of the film, and the production design is quite stunning. If you have never seen this film, it is worth looking online for Spanish-language film festivals. This may be the best way to discover if the film is worth a watch. The many online Spanish film festivals are widely advertised on the Internet, and you can attend them all to see which films are offering the best exposure in your area.
This film is certainly not the only one in Spanish that I've seen. There are many other excellent films that I've enjoyed. It is definitely a good choice for a film to watch when on vacation. As an educational film, I thoroughly recommend it. The friendly Spanish speaking crew, the delicious food, and the friendly faces from wherever they may travel to in the world make this film worth a second look.