In 1898, Spain sends a military squad to the town of Baler, Philippines, to protect one of the last colonies of the Spanish Empire, to avoid rebellious natives from recovering its ancient territories. Lead by Captain Enrique de las Morenas and Lieutenant Cerezo, proud military men, the soldiers are stalked by night by the rebels, and are forced to seek refuge in the church run by Fray Carmelo, Baler's priest. Turning the church into a military fort, the unrelenting heat and malaria starts to sweep across the men. After the Captain's death by a disease called beriberi, Cerezo steps in as the new leader of the squad, faced with a constant power struggle with Jimeno, a soldier from the previous squad annihilated by the rebels. Becoming more and more paranoid and obsessive with the victory and the glory of the Spanish Empire, the rebels close to Cerezo explain that Spain has already sold the Philippine Islands to the USA, ceding all the colonies from the Spanish Empire, and that the war ...Written by
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You have to go back ... back into time. Way back into time that is. As the title suggests 120 years ago right now. You did not have many means of communication, so when you found yourself in a compromising situation, you did not have the opportunity to call for help that easily as it might be today. So Spanish Soldiers find themselves in a very strange war situation with a man at helm who seems determined but also one that goes by he book (for better or worse).
The main character has his positive and negative traits. Something we will come to learn during the course of the movie. He is played by a very famous spanish actor. So there is immediately a certain gravitas. But even people who may see him for the first time will feel his screen presence. And while this is a general (no pun intended) war situation, it does revolve around him and what happened ... obviously not everything will have played out as shown on screen (there could not be enough information for that much detail), but overall this is quite draining ... as it should be
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