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Gutbai, Charly (2007)

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A small town fisherman is forced to confront himself and his everyday life after making the decision to leave the drug dealing business he was once involved with


Jorge Cassinello



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Credited cast:
Xúlio Abonjo Xúlio Abonjo ... Charly
Anxela Alonso Anxela Alonso ... Ánxela Alonso
Santi Prego Santi Prego ... Tobías
Suso Sueiro Suso Sueiro ... Antón
Luis Zahera ... Xaquín


The devastating consequences of the oil pollution in the coast of Rias Baixas force Xaquin, a widowed fisherman, to work for a local drug dealer. What at first became a choice to support both his son and father, soon becomes a constant duel with himself, his everyday life and the people surrounding him. After a series of unexpected events take place, Xaquin will en up in a critical situation he wasn't ready for. Written by CS

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Redemption comes unexpected






UK | Spain


Spanish | Gallegan

Release Date:

15 September 2007 (Spain) See more »


Box Office


£4,500 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film School See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Wonderful "little" film
29 December 2008 | by musiluzSee all my reviews

Caught Gutbai, Charly at the South Africa International Film Festival and I have to say I was glad to finally see something with heart and soul after so much pretentious rubbish everyone says they like but really nobody does. I was also surprised to see an almost feature film made entirely on a school budget, proving a "little film" doesn't have to be a little film!!

The movie itself is a story about a widowed fisherman who struggles to be both a father, a son and, above all, himself. All of this within the rustic complexity of a small fishing life. I found the beauty of the story to be in the raw simplicity of both, the script development and the character study, greatly performed by Luis Zahera.

There are some minor technical issues (sound a bit rough at times) still my only "but" would be the length of the film: it felt too short which might make it a bit hard to distribute / send it off to festivals.

My honest congratulations to Cassinello and his wonderfully hidden, pleasant "little film".

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