Javier Jiménez is a successful doctor who lives in Sevilla (Andalucia, south to Spain) with his wife Carmen and his two teen children, older Marcos and elder Sara. His quiet daily life ends the night that Javier, while is working in the hospital, learns that an ambulance moved Marcos there after to receive a brutal beating up that it left him in coma. Broken by rage, pain and impotence, and seeing the low efforts of the police to find the aggressors, Javier starts secretly his own investigation, questioning Marcos' friend Pedro and Marcos' former girlfriend Andrea looking for answers about the identity of the suspects, and watching a discotheque's outsides where it happened. Discovering that one of aggressors is a teen nicknamed Albino by his dyed white-haired, who is son of Manolo, discotheque's owner, Javier tries to bring criminal evidences against Albino and his friends, but his good-heart intentions cause more troubles than help and Javier is arrested. Freed later on freedom ...Written by
Jose Coronado (Jaime) and Ana Wagner (Carmen) had already played husband and wife in Contratiempo (The Invisible guest). Both movies share a similar story line where parents look for justice of their own for their son after the law fails to do its job. See more »
Taut, tense with superb performance from Jose Coronado
Filmed with admirable restraint, this Spanish film makes its points with articulate ease. The pacing is effortless, sweeping the viewer along for the ride, keeping you on the edge of your seat yet sitting back just enough to let you get your breath. The quiet tension never overwhelms, putting you in the front seat of the main character's pursuit of justice. Kudos for not going with a Hollywood Liam Neeson revenge fantasy, this sophisticated movie is more interested in the complex and adult reality of this man's pain and determination. The only downside is a pivotal moment of stupidity by the main character which seems more like an artificial plot device than something an educated man would do, even in the heat of his uncovering of the truth about the fate of his son.
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