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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Looking back without the rose colored glasses

Author: aharmas from United States
24 June 2008

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Spanish cinema has a different way to look at relationships; they pretty much slap you on the face with their approach. There is very little time to mop around and wonder what it could have been. Results are expected and reactions are provoked,usually with the delivery of an insult, strategically placed. Not to say that feelings are not taken into consideration, Spanish realism just has no time to waste in extended expositions or extra dialog. What we find in this film is many pitch perfect with every possible stereotype we can find in any family dramas, but each has been given an extra dash of color in order to highlight his or her faults.

As friends gather to honor the last request of one of their childhood group, we slowly learn that this is no ordinary town. Soon the protagonist learns how the rest of town feels about his sudden departure 10 years ago, and how they believe the death of Suso might be in more than one way related to his reckless past. There is plenty of resentment going around, and it is hard to dodge the bullets. In fact, changes happen when he allows his emotional core to be bruised.

"Suso's Tower" is a small film with plenty of aspirations. It succeeds in presenting an interesting slice of life in a very touching manner. The cast is more than adequate, with a simple Celtic-tinged score, and crystal clear depictions of the lovely countryside.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Redemption, Friendship, and Home.

10/10
Author: Leftbanker from Spain
2 May 2010

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Four friends reunite at the funeral of a friend. Eventually and reluctantly they carry out his enigmatic final request. Along the way they learn about each other and themselves.

Stop me if you've heard it before? Like most light comedies, La Torre de Suso is fairly predictable but there is a right way and a wrong way to make a light comedy. Luckily for the viewers, this one gets it right at almost every fairly-predictable step along the way. The movie has an eye for honesty which allows us to see past the formulaic nature of a story about redemption. The movie has an ear for humor that had me laughing out loud in several scenes.

Although without any lines to recite, the beautiful landscape and culture of Asturias has a leading role in La Torre de Suso. More than ever I want to spend a few weeks there drinking sidra, eating great food, and enjoying the rain, the hills, and the vegetation. The four friends pay homage to their fallen friend as the film pays homage to this lovely province. The music by José Manuel and Javier Tejedor is very Asturiana and perfect at every moment.

We could use a lot more predictable movies about friendship and home.

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