A family experiences two traumatic events in a lapse of forty-odd years: the loss of one of the family members and how this affects the others; and the arrival of new neighbors, strangers, who upset the family and supposed social harmony.
A family seen at two different periods, some 40 years having passed between the two. A dysfunctional family marked by what used to be called an ugly illness, cancer and death. The characters quarrel, hate each other, and refuse to accept in their predecessors what they will eventually, inevitably repeat in themselves. A family marked by relations of rejection, love and hate of the other, the upstairs neighbors, those strangers from a far-off land, Andalusia in the 1960s, Morocco at present, who will also form part of this repetitive game that is life. To what point is everything a metaphor or symbol of our society? Are we really strangers to ourselves? Written by
Dysfunctional Family, Foreigners and Europe in Two Different Moments
In Barcelona, in the 60's, the selfish, rude and wicked Emma (Anna Lizaran) is the hateful matriarch of a dysfunctional family. Her husband Francesc (Joan Pera) is a pushover; her son Josep (Dafnis Balduz) is homosexual and her daughter Anna (Aida Oset) is a rebel teenager. They live in an environment of hatred and prejudice against their upstairs immigrant neighbors. Emma is terminal and when she dies, the pregnant Anna breaks up the relationship with her brother and father and vanishes. In the present days, Anna (Anna Lizaran) returns to her father's apartment ill after an absence of forty years and rejected by her son. She meets her father married with his housemaid Patrícia (Marieta Sánchez) but her brother Josep (Manel Barceló) and her rebel niece Rosa (Georgina Latre) support her in her deathbed. The awkward situations of her family repeat in a déjà vu forty years later.
"Forasters" is a heavy drama about a dysfunctional family in their apartment in two different moments separated by forty years that has the intention to reflect the situation of Europe in a small universe. When the terminal Anna throws up on the floor, Patrícia makes a comment that clearly discloses the intention of the author to make a metaphor with the European society. The acting is top-notch and the cinematography is stylish; however the screenplay with two segmented parallel narratives is confused despite the use of different hues, since the development of the characters is not easy to understand. My vote is six.
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