The tender but heartbreaking true story that inspired the Spanish film ‘The Summer We Lived’ that you can now watch on Amazon Prime Video

Carlos Sedes’ film, starring Blanca Suárez, Javier Rey and Pablo Molinero, debuted in Spanish cinemas in December 2020. And behind it lies a moving story.

the summer we livethe film directed by Carlos Sedes and starring Blanca Suárez, Javier Rey and Pablo Molinero that arrived in Spanish cinemas at the end of 2020 between the unforgettable health restrictions of that year It is a love story, but much more than a fictional story. The film narrates the love triangle between Lucía (Suárez), her fiancé Hernán (Molinero) and Gonzalo (Rey), the architect and friend of the latter. But, Did you know that the feature film is inspired by a true story?

The film, now available to subscribers in the Amazon Prime Video catalogue, begins with the character of Isabel, a young journalism student who starts working at a newspaper in a small Galician town. There she discovers that, always on the same day and always addressed to a woman named Lucía, some obituaries that look like love letters arrive in the newspaper. Investigating, she discovers what happened between the mysterious woman, Hernán and Gonzalo in the summer of 1958 in Jerez de la Frontera. It is precisely that starting point, the mysterious obituaries that Isabel discovers, that inspired her the summer we live.

For more than 20 years and every March 21, José Luis Casaus sent The country an obituary These were addressed to his wife Elena Lupiañez Salanova, who had died in 1994 of lung cancer. in them, Casaus told “Elenita” how life was going for him and that of his children. In 2019, as published VerneHe decided to stop doing it.

“Look, Alfredo Zitarrosa had warned me in a milonga… ‘I can teach you to fly but I can’t follow your flight.’ you can read in one of them. “Elenita: The trip we didn’t make to Alexandria makes you unable to speak Sanskrit first and then your language, the bastard Esperanto that your mileurista sons, Boris and Yuri, spend on their mobile phones. Let’s tqremos bsts,” Casaus wrote in another.

“We just stuck with the concept. There’s nothing to really follow up on that story. Not much less. Even out of respect. I didn’t even want to meet him, the person,” Sedes told us in our interview on the occasion of the premiere of the film about the origin of the story of the summer we live. “We really liked the concept. The fact that something as sad as the reminder of an obituary or a death can be, well, this man, who continues to publish it, turned it into a beautiful declaration of love. A poetry.”

In this way, Suárez’s film only uses the story of Casaus and his obituaries to begin the narration, from the present and towards the past, of the relationship between Lucía and Gonzalo. The rest of what the film tells is not based on real events.

El verano que vivimos also features in its cast María Pedraza, Guiomar Puerta and Carlos Cuevas. On these lines, do not miss our interview with the cast and director of the film, which you can find in the Prime Video catalog.