Beyond the criminal and social anecdote, "El Libro Talonario" reflects an almost lost way of life: the "mayeto" as a man next to nature, which fights for his family sustenance in a land of bully rogues and corrupt landowners.
Good production values and a clever focus on social issues makes this short-film an enjoyable piece of history. With his adaptation of an original short story by andalusian writer Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, newcomer Merat give us a remarkable first approach for new viewers to the same old Spanish country realm that attracted Hemingway and Welles, among others.
A very promising beginning for director and screenwriter Gonzalo Merat, in an unusual Spanish production, with a classic appeal and a modern approach.
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