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Antonio Banderas historical drama 'Finding Altamira' is strictly paint-by-numbers

Antonio Banderas historical drama 'Finding Altamira' is strictly paint-by-numbers

Can religion and science co-exist?  That’s just one of the big-picture questions examined with varying success in “Finding Altamira,” a well-mounted if largely prosaic period drama directed by Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”).

The film, set in late 19th century Spain, is based on the true story of Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola (a solid Antonio Banderas), an archaeologist engulfed by controversy when he and his precocious 8-year-old daughter, Maria (Allegra Allen, not ready for prime time), stumble on some remarkable paintings of bison in the cave of Altamira.

When Marcelino announces that these sophisticated images could be 10,000 years old,...

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