This film is a good portrait of a vanished profession.
By the mid-forties, moved by the Tajo River the last shipment of logs from Peralejos of trout to Aranjuez. The story is the latest adventure of "wood" in the Tajo River. Roy Shannon, 32 years, Ireland has experienced the ravages of World War II. He no longer believes in man. Way to England arrived in Spain in search of its origins. It is with Paula, which leads to a camp where he met "gancheros" primitive men, brave and generous led by a man everyone called "The American". Film based on the novel by José Luis Sampedro, and directed by Antonio del Real, (Los Gozos y las Sombras, 1982).
Alfredo Landa stars in this film, which is considered as world heritage by UNESCO, it tells the story of the "gancheros", a job completely disappeared due to the advancement of new technologies. The interpretation of Alfredo Landa was awarded the Goya, nomination as best actor, but it is not his finest performances. The film is interesting on several points, the story told at first attracted to the aspects of this difficult profession, but at half the film's interest is focusing on the personal stories of the protagonists, and stop focusing on the transfer of wood, showing the critical situation of its characters because post-war politics that existed in Spain.
The music is interesting and appropriate, and accompanies very well to these logs down the river Tajo to Aranjuez. A river very well portrayed with the camera, showing beautiful scenes of nature that moves a layer of logs to suffer many setbacks with the rocks, like the players will encounter different people during the trip.
It's an interesting film to watch especially the portrait of a profession that no longer exists to make this trip.
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