Rowing with the Wind

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Rowing with the Wind
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Directed by Gonzalo Suárez
Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez
Written by Gonzalo Suárez
Starring Hugh Grant
Lizzy McInnerny
Valentine Pelka
Elizabeth Hurley
Music by Alejandro Massó
Cinematography Carlos Suárez
Edited by José Salcedo
Ditirambo Films
Release date
19 September 1988 (San Sebastián Film Festival)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Spain

Rowing with the Wind a.k.a. Remando al viento (Spanish title) is a 1988 Spanish film written and directed by Gonzalo Suárez. The film won seven Goya Awards. It concerns the English writer Mary Shelley and her circle.


In the summer of 1816, English poet Percy Shelley, his soon to be wife Mary Shelley (daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft), and Mary's stepsister and companion Claire Clairmont take a holiday with Lord Byron and his physician John William Polidori at a villa rented by Byron at Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Byron challenges each of the friends to write a horror story, and Mary begins her novel, Frankenstein. She imagines the monster becoming real, and for the next six years, as tragedy befalls those around her, she believes the creature of her imagination is the cause. Meanwhile, Claire has Byron's baby, is estranged from him and barred from seeing her daughter. Byron and Percy continue their friendship, the one hedonistic, the other idealistic. The Shelleys move near Pisa.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Hugh Grant Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny Mary Shelley
Valentine Pelka Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Hurley Claire Clairmont
José Luis Gómez John Polidori
Virginia Mataix Elisa
Ronan Vibert Fletcher

DVD availability[edit]

The DVD is available to rent on websites such as Netflix.[1]


  1. ^ "Netflix's available films". Netflix. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Wade, Phillip. "Shelley and the Miltonic Element in Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein''."'' Milton and the Romantics'', 2 (December, 1976), 23–25. Archived 14 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Grande, James. Review: The Original Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley ed Charles E Robinson. "To what extent did Percy Bysshe Shelley work on 'Frankenstein'? A new analysis reveals all.". The Independent' (16 November 2008).