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 »
A character-oriented vengeance story from Spain.
This is a Spanish production (original title: '' Tu Hijo ''), directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas and starring one of the best contemporary European actors, Jose Coronado, whose performance as the protagonist, Jaime, is truly riveting. Jaime is a middle-aged surgeon, married with two kids, Markos (Pol Monen) and Sara (Asia Ortega). When Markos gets seriously injured after a nasty fight outside a nightclub, Jaime will have to face his worst nightmare, how own son is in a coma and decides to find the person responsible and revenge his boy.
This is the basic premise of the story, and it certainly is not one that we, as viewers, haven't already encountered numerous times in films of the genre. The difference is that ''Tu Hijo'' is, above all, a study of the protagonist's character, concentrating on his feelings and emotional reactions rather than relying on the strength of its script and plotting. Coronado combines intensity with subtlety and is compelling in his portrayal of a shattered man, determined to get revenge for his son's current predicament. The director chooses do many close shots to Coronado's face which reflect the wide range of Jaime's conflicted feelings, ranging from pure rage to the sense of helplessness and despair, while displaying the actors skills.
Of course, the above facts do not imply that ''Your Son'' is a boring film with a weak plot. On the contrary, I that it has a compelling plot which unfolds in a slow -though effective- tempo and leaves no loose ends. The story reaches its climax in the final ten minutes of the running time and the finale comes as a surprise to the viewer who definitely expects another decision made from the protagonist. Personally, I think it was a great, though-provoking ending which suited perfectly the film's mood and tone. ''Your Son'' is a movie that you will think about for days after watching as it raises valid questions regarding justice, vigilantism and the meaning of familial obligation.
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