In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as “aventis” (the film’s original title in Catalan, its original language). These tales mix war stories, local gossip, comic book characters, fantasy and real events. The “aventis” told in this film are told in flashback. In the mid 80s, 45 or so years after the age of the “aventis,” a doctor and a nurse-nun (who grew up together, and now are co-workers in a hospital) identify the corpse of one of the main characters of the “aventis” of their childhood and adolescence. Besides the interesting flashbacks – a chronical of the Civil War in a “typical” Barcelona microcosm itself, the discovery of this body (belonging to someone long presumed dead) leads to other surprises and unresolved doubts, several decades later. —IMDb
Vicente Aranda (born on 9 November 1926 in Barcelona), is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer.
Due to his refined and personal style, he is one of the most renowned Spanish filmmakers. He started as a founded member of the Barcelona School of Film and became known for bringing contemporary Spanish novels to life on the big screen. Aranda is famous for exploring difficult social issues and variations on the theme of desire that employs the codes of melodrama.
Love as uncontrollable passion, eroticism and cruelty are constant themes in his filmography. The frank examination of sexuality is one of the trademarks of his work as can be seen in his most internationally successful film: Amantes (1990) (Lovers). —Wikipedia