Quim drives around an isolated rural area through a maze of lanes. When he drives into the woods, he gets lost. Trying to find his direction, he suddenly gets shot from the hill. On his ... See full summary »
Silvia used to be a cheerful little girl until something happened when she was 8 years old. Nobody could understand the sudden change in her behavior. Now that she's 25, Silvia wants to settle scores with her traumatic past.
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,
Miguel, a young psychiatrist working in Madrid, learns that his wife has just dumped him for no one else than his own father while he's expecting his mother-in-law's visit, who's come to ... See full summary »
María José Alfonso
Private detective Inés infiltrates the employees at a multinational corporation. Thanks to the collaboration of Manuel, she gets to the heart of company intrigues. But her investigation ... See full summary »
Daniel - a recent university graduate with Down's Syndrome - falls in love on his first day at work in the Department of Social Services. Laura is an outsider who spends her nights in the ... See full summary »
Isabel García Lorca
A visually marvellous but not completely successful psychological mystery
I knew virtually nothing about this other than that it was Spanish and it was a fairly decent time, though imperfect. It concerns a mother who loses her young son on a ferry heading on holiday. The police discover what seems to be the boys body but the lady is adamant that it is not him. The police were convinced though, so she has to stay on the island until a judge can arrive to oversee a DNA test. While on the island visions, dreams and paranoia taunt her as she sets out to find her son. The film has a slow pace and a not terribly surprising plot but maintains interest pretty effectively. There are creepy and unfriendly locals, Lynchian touches and a few suspenseful moments, but the real stars are the locations and direction. The film is beautifully shot by cinematographer Alejandro Martinez, a bleak beauty pervades the entire movie and is supported in compelling fashion by the oodles of intriguing imagery, with a lot of focus on water and animal life. Director Gabe Ibanez started out in animation and did a couple of title sequences for Day of The Beast and a few other films and this background shows as the film is laden with visual interest, it really is a treat for the eyes. However, great as it is to look at, the film is decidedly slow of pace and the creepier elements are not always especially well handled, which compounded with the lack of much in the way of surprise leads to a slightly draggy feel. Also the imagery probably needs a crash course in Jungian symbolism to be fully appreciated. Still, Elena Anaya is pretty fine as the lead and the film is certainly kinda poignant, will probably hit harder with anyone that has kids. So, decent stuff but it doesn't completely come off, could definitely have been tighter and the various elements linked together with more skill. It has a lot of stuff that works and it has rewatch value, but art-house lovers will likely have the best time with it.
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