This reminded me of the artsy/European movies I see at the independent theater. Unlike the usual American movies, with special effects and glamor, this movie portrays a story of friendship that requires patience to sit through. There is a gradual, unfolding plot and a development of characters through flashback/narration. It has a very strong religious theme of redemption, one of the characters having skeletons/baggage or "dragons" to deal with, like all of us. The portrayal of the Spanish Civil War is very clean, and some may not like that, being used to seeing intense gore, cussing, and chilling ruthlessness when this War is presented in other movies. Overall, I was not disappointed at the end as the movie reaches its climax, to show the ability of the human soul to come back from the brink. The movie would not be appropriate for children to see.