A hard-working single mother and wife of a getaway driver who is about to be released is approached by an unassuming and gentle man, completely unaware though of his inscrutable and utterly impelling motives.
Antonio de la Torre,
Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.
Antonio de la Torre,
1936. In a little and remote inland town of Andalusia (south to Spain), Higinio is a tailor and a town councilor who has recently got married to Rosa. After the outbreak of Spanish Civil War by General Franco's coup d'etat, Higinio hides in his own house awaiting the right moment to escape with his wife but is caught in his attempt by his neighbor, Gonzalo, who blames Higinio for his brother's death and is looking for revenge him. Captured by Franco's soldiers, Higinio is driven along with other opposition prisoners by truck to a nearby prison, but the unwitting distraction from one of the prisoners gives him a chance to escape and runs across the town to his house where he is to remain hidden in a secret bunker as long as the war lasts. In the meantime, Gonzalo pays his wife occasional visits in the belief that she knows his whereabouts, sometimes torturing her to extract a confession. When the war comes to an end in 1939, Higinio learns from Rosa that Franco is now the ruler of ...Written by
Movies that are quite claustrophobic are not easy to watch. I had no idea where this was going and while it is confined, it also is showing and going places. The acting is grand even in a closed setting. I can't even begin to imagine what a person goes through. And not just physically but also psychologically, which you can see and feel the effects towards the end.
Spanish language thrillers are quite something and if you like the genre, then you probably will have an idea what they are able to do. There is not much of a story here, this is about a setting and an evolution. It is about society and about human survival, even when it doesn't seem like living at all. Many great ideas, a lot of sexual encounters (violent and otherwise too, hard to watch - no pun intended and not trying to make light of many of the situations) and quite draining to watch to say the least ... but very well done
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