Amador returns home to his aging mother after serving a sentence for arson. He tries to adapt to daily farm life and coping with the villagers' memories of his past actions.


Oliver Laxe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amador Arias Amador Arias ... Amador
Benedicta Sánchez ... Benedicta
Inazio Abrao Inazio Abrao ... Inazio
Elena Mar Fernández Elena Mar Fernández ... Elena (as Elena Fernández)
David de Poso David de Poso ... David
Alvaro de Bazal Alvaro de Bazal ... Álvaro (as Álvaro de Bazal)
Damián Prado Damián Prado ... Damián
Nando Vázquez Nando Vázquez ... Nando
Manuel Martínez Manuel Martínez ... Manuel (as Manuel Martínez 'Xan')
José Luis Santalices José Luis Santalices ... José Luis
Manuel Santamarina Manuel Santamarina ... Manuel
Antonio Fernández Antonio Fernández ... Antonio
Nuria Sotelo Nuria Sotelo ... Nuria
Ivan Yañez Ivan Yañez ... Iván
Rubén Gómez Coelho Rubén Gómez Coelho ... Rubén


O que Arde ("Lo que Arde" in Spanish, "What It Burns" in English) is a rural drama that follows Amador, a forty-something arsonist who is free from jail after to accomplish two-thirds of his imprisonment to burn an entire mount. Not having friends, money or other resources, Amador returns his natal home in an undetermined so-small mountain town located in the province of Lugo (Galicia; northwest to Spain), living with his aging mother Benedicta. Quiet, calm and man of few words, Amador bears silently the mock of the some neighbors whose don't forgot his misdemeanor by the fire he caused, while tries to redirect his life caring the livestock of the farm and interesting about Elena, town's veterinarian. At the same time, a worried Benedicta talks Inazio, who is restoring ancient ruined houses to turn them in rural resorts for tourists, looking for a job for Amador, in the hope that her beloved son can at least to have a normal life. But the peaceful life of the town dominated by the bad... Written by Chockys

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First film appearances of the two stars of the film, Amador Arias and Benedicta Sanchez. See more »


Written and performed by Leonard Cohen
Produced by John Simon
(Columbia Records, 1967)
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Slow movie. Very little plot. Not much dialog.
29 March 2021 | by behonk-17104See all my reviews

It's a slow moving movie from beginning to end. And it doesn't have much of an ending.

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30 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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