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The Candidate (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.


Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio de la Torre ... Manuel
Mónica López ... Inés
Josep Maria Pou ... Frías (as José María Pou)
Bárbara Lennie ... Amaia Marín
Nacho Fresneda ... Paco
Ana Wagener ... La Ceballos
Luis Zahera ... Cabrera
Francisco Reyes ... Alvarado
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 ... Pareja
Laia Manzanares ... Lucía


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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Although the autonomous community never is revealed, the main city of the film (Valencia but not declared) and the landscapes suggest being the Valencian region (east to Spain). Sadly, this area is well-know for politician corruption in the 2000s with many public figures under legal processes and at the jail. See more »


Referenced in El hormiguero: Antonio de la Torre y Bárbara Lennie (2018) See more »


El Reino, Pt. 6
Written by Olivier Arson
Performed by Olivier Arson
Courtesy by Quartet Records
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Antonio de la Torre's awesome recital giving a portentous acting and supported by an excellent support cast
1 February 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

2007 , Manuel Lopez is a Spanish politician whose wealthy life is based on corrupt issues, then he threatens to communicate it to the media , after a newspaper exposes him to the public eye . Manuel begins a race against clock attempting to blame his previous Party colleagues. Manuel will stop at nothing to get his purports , even assaulting , robbing , driving in hlgh speed that causes him a car accident. Finally, the corrupt Manuel has an exciting battle of wits with a TV presenter, Barbara Lennie.

Nice film though excessively moving by means of a camera over shoulder. It relies heavily on a long use of steadycam , overtalking, and abusive utilization of interior scenarios. The main plot deals with a corrupt politician and his dark business, that's why he is detained , paroled by a strong sum of money , he then seeks , finds and threatens to uncover evidences about existence of an unofficial accounting system inside the conservative Party and its extreme corruption . Antonio De la Torre gives a very good acting as the nefarious , corrupt , crooked politician getting money by any illegal way . Antonio De La Torre is a pretty good actor who always provides fine interpretation, but he uses to play similar characters and his performances bear remarkable resemblance. Support cast is frankly well, plenty of familiar faces of Spanish cinema as Jose María Pou, Nacho Fresneda , Mónica Lopez , Ana Wagener, Óscar de Fuente , and special mention for Barbara Lennie who at the end has a thrilling talking duel with Antonio De La Torre.

The motion picture was well directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen .Rodrigo has directed successful TV series as Pecera de Eva , Fragiles , Vida Loca , Impares . And he has made notorious , important pictures as 8 Citas , May God Save us , and this El Reino with his fetish actor Antonio De La Torre .Furthermore , a short , Oscar nominated titled Madre , that subsequently Rodrigo became into a long running film : Madre 2019. All of them have won various Prizes and Goya Awards . Rating 6.5/10 .The flick will appeal to Antonio De la Torre enthusiasts. Better than average. Well Worth watching.

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Release Date:

28 September 2018 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »


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EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Atmos



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2.35 : 1
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