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The Realm (2018)

El reino (original title)
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A Spanish politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper expose him to the public eye.

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Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio de la Torre ... Manuel López-Vidal
Mónica López ... Inés
Josep Maria Pou ... Frias (as José María Pou)
Bárbara Lennie ... Amaia Marín
Nacho Fresneda ... Paco
Ana Wagener ... La Ceballos
Luis Zahera ... Cabrera
Francisco Reyes ... Alvarado
María de Nati María de Nati ... Nati
David Lorente David Lorente ... Gallardo
Paco Revilla Paco Revilla ... Fernando
Sonia Almarcha ... Susana
Andrés Lima Andrés Lima ... Bermejo
Óscar de la Fuente Óscar de la Fuente ... Pareja
Laia Manzanares ... Lucía
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2007. Manuel López-Vidal is a veteran Spanish politician and the right-hand of Frías, autonomous community's president (working as member of Spain's governing party), who he has an upper high-class lifestyle with his wife Inés and his teen daughter Nati. But behind of his long carrier and the respect of his party's partners and friends as Cabrera, Bermejo, Gallardo and Fernando, truth is totally different: Manuel is a crooked and corrupt man who since many years ago uses his politic position together his friends deviating foreign aids and getting money by means of any illegal way. When Gallardo is arrested accused of fraud and politic corruption, Manuel warms all his friends about to keep silence hoping that the police forgets the case by not founding new evidences. But when it's revealed in the newspapers that himself has been recorded in personal conversations talking about it, the fictional world of respect and honor created by Manuel falls down. With the elections closing the next... Written by Chockys

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Kings fall. Realms continue.

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Spanish

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Il regno See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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€4,000,000 (estimated)
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Frías is president of an autonomous community. In Spain, autonomous community is the first and biggest administrative division of the country, equivalent to a USA's state. See more »

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PERHAPS THE BEST POLITICAL THRILLER OF 2018
31 March 2019 | by abisioSee all my reviews

In Spanish state, a group of government functionaries enjoy a high life style thanks to the corruption of the system. Suddenly an important one gets caught. The party decides to sacrifice a less important member; but the guy decides to fight back. Nothing easy because he is not only outnumbered but most of his allegiances are betraying him. The main difference of this European movie is that the hero (well, the corrupt hero) is nothing like Rambo so he must uses his eloquence to manipulate things on a system were nobody can be trusted. Physical violence is very little in the film; but dialog and situations are really intense. There are some claustrophobic moments where you feel the main character angst and desperation. Acting is superb Antonio de la Torre is able to even make likable a really repulsive person; the rest of the cast follow through with characters that far worse than the main one. If you see the previous Sorogoyen movie "May God Save Us / Que dios nos perdone" is easy to understand his stories are not easy and his endings are not Hollywood. The Realm/El Reino is basically the same; however the last dialog between the protagonist and the reporter; reminds us that everybody is corrupted one way or another and there are no real heroes here.

In brief; see it without any doubt


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