Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »
One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...
El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »
Juan José Ballesta,
True story of thirteen totally normal young women that suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940's. ... See full summary »
Emilio Martínez Lázaro
Pilar López de Ayala,
Rafael witnesses Marina - a woman with a glass eye - being attacked on the street by Daniel; her long-time acquaintance since the orphanage, where they were both raised as kids. He rescues ... See full summary »
Ruth is a young researcher in a college. She is asked to three of her ex's weddings. Along the way she is trying to find her soulmate and for a companion to every wedding, she enlists the help of her new fellow assistant.
Jorge is a 25-year old janitor who desperately tries to find himself a new, and especially, better, job. This undertaking is complicated by the fact he takes care of his handicapped father who had a hart infarct seven years earlier. His soon-to-be-released brother Antonio finds a girlfriend (Paula) in jail who wants to get pregnant. When Antonio finds out he's infertile, Jorge is asked to make Paula pregnant. To make the dilemma even heavier, Jorge's childhood sweetheart Natalia returns after many years. Meanwhile, Jorge's best friend Israel (nicknamed Sean) secretly photographs men visiting an erotic masseur to find out something he didn't bargain for. Written by
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I was very impressed by the first feature by writer/director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival. A tender, intimate portrayal of characters trapped by circumstance or their own feelings of responsibility, unable to fulfill their goals or dreams. Jorge works as a janitor in his apartment building, caring for his stroke-impaired father. In addition to being frustrated by his dead end job (he is continually rejected for business-related careers, despite a degree he earned at night school) and his guilt-induced caretaker role for his ailing father, he becomes trapped between two women: his unrequited love and his likable, but ne'er-do-well brother's girlfriend, a prisoner desperate to become pregnant. Meanwhile his best friend begins to question his sexuality after visiting a 'full-service' male massage therapist patronized by his own father. I was reminded of Almodovar in Arevalo's ability to combine comedy and drama, to make unlikely situations seem totally real, and to create intimate, nuanced characters and compelling inter-relationships. Beautifully filmed, nice score, well-acted. A splendid debut.
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