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Robert Rylands' Last Journey

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Robert Rylands' Last Journey
SpanishEl último viaje de Robert Rylands
Directed byGracia Querejeta
Screenplay by
Based onTodas las almas
by Javier Marías
Produced byElías Querejeta
CinematographyAntonio Pueche
Edited byNacho Ruiz Capillas
Music by
  • Ángel Illarramendi [es]
  • Polo Aledo
Release date
  • 18 October 1996 (1996-10-18) (Spain)
Running time
102 minutes
United Kingdom

Robert Rylands' Last Journey (Spanish: El último viaje de Robert Rylands) is a Spanish-British film directed by Gracia Querejeta that premiered on 18 October 1996. It was the director's second feature film. Her script is a loose adaptation of the novel Todas las almas [es] by Javier Marías,[1] which the novelist repudiated.[2] The subsequent controversy ended with a lawsuit, which resulted in an indemnification towards the writer and an order to withdraw his name from the credits of the film.[3]


Robert Rylands, a seductive archaeologist and university professor aged 60, voluntarily presents himself to testify at the police station. His story to the deputy, which lasts all night, begins with the arrival in Oxford of Juan Noguera, a young teacher who is going to teach a Spanish literature course at the university. Juan stays at the home of his colleague and friend Alfred Cromer, who lives with his sister and her little daughter.

Juan soon perceives that the recent return of Robert Rylands to the city, after an absence of ten years, disturbs the family. He tries to investigate the cause, but both Alfred and Jill refuse to reveal the secret between them. Meanwhile, Alfred falls ill and is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rylands tries repeatedly to contact Alfred, but he refuses to see him.

Little by little Juan and Jill begin to fall in love. In the end Juan discovers the cause of the resentment against Robert Rylands. Robert and Alfred were lovers, and Jill interposed by going to bed with Robert one day. Jill became pregnant with his daughter, and when Alfred found out, the relationship between the two men broke up, and then Robert embarked on one of his exploration trips with no return date.

Alfred leaves the hospital in a wheelchair, and soon after, Juan collaborates in a plot to meet Robert. After the reproaches of the reunion are reconciled, Robert tells him that he wants them to live together for the time that he has left, but Alfred tells him that if he really loves him, he has to help him die with dignity. Robert finally agrees, and after shooting him with his old gun, he goes to the police station to confess.


Awards and nominations


  1. ^ Caparrós Lera, José María (1999). El cine de nuestros días (1994–1998) [The Cinema of Our Days (1994–1998)] (in Spanish). Ediciones Rialp. p. 83. ISBN 9788432132339. Retrieved 19 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Querejeta, Elías (11 November 1996). "Algunas precisiones sobre 'El último viaje de Robert Rylands'" [Some Particulars About 'Robert Rylands' Last Journey']. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "El Supremo rechaza el recurso de Querejeta contra Marías" [The Supreme Court Rejects Querejeta's Appeal Against Marías]. El País (in Spanish). Madrid. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Medallas del CEC a la producción española de 1996" [CEC Medals for Spanish Production of 1996] (in Spanish). Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "El último viaje de Robert Rylands" (in Spanish). Goya Awards. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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