Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata) Spain (2019) Dir. Paco Plaza Revenge may be sweet or a dish best served cold or whatever epigram you care to apply to it but it is also a very messy scenario to be caught up in, largely through being a two-way street. It is a never-ending … Continue reading Eye For An Eye (Quien a hierro mata)

Advantages Of Travelling By Train (Ventajas de viajar en tren)

Advantages Of Travelling By Train (Ventajas de viajar en tren) Spain (2019) Dir. Aritz Moreno “Plausibility is overrated” Why do we believe what we are told? Is it the story being related or the compulsion of the narrator? Sometimes we are told the most absurd things yet we lap them up like cats with a … Continue reading Advantages Of Travelling By Train (Ventajas de viajar en tren)

Your Next Life (La vida que te espera)

Your Next Life (La vida que te espera) Spain (2004) Dir. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón The countryside is a curiosity to us urban folk due to the long held traditions that are arcane to us, and their own set of rules and mores which wouldn’t fly in the city. It is a culture clash that will … Continue reading Your Next Life (La vida que te espera)

Ma Ma

Ma Ma Spain (2015) Dir. Julio Medem When the song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life appears at the end of Month Python’s Life Of Brian it is drenched with bitter irony due to the singers all being nailed to crucifixes. The ethos behind this title is heavily applied to this lachrymose drama, … Continue reading Ma Ma

El Niño

El Niño Spain (2014) Dir. Daniel Monzón It’s been five long year since Daniel Monzón broke through on an international scale with the tense and fiery prison drama Cell 211, but he returns in a big way with this blockbuster crime thriller, that lacks the overall intensity of its predecessor but shows Hollywood doesn’t hold … Continue reading El Niño

Take My Eyes (Te doy mis ojos)

Take My Eyes (Te doy mis ojos) Spain (2003) Dir. Icíar Bollaín Fearful of what her possessive, short tempered husband Antonio (Luis Tosar) might do to her, Pilar (Laia Marull) runs away in the middle of the night with their son Juan (Nicolás Fernández Luna) to her sister Ana (Candela Peña), who is shortly to … Continue reading Take My Eyes (Te doy mis ojos)

Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes)

Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes) Spain (2011) Dir. Jaume Balagueró César (Luis Tosar) is a concierge at an apartment block and is not a happy person. In fact he believes he was born without the capacity to be happy, so he’s taken it upon himself to make everyone else around him unhappy too. For the majority … Continue reading Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes)

Even the Rain (También la lluvia)

Even the Rain (También la lluvia) Spain (2010) Dir. Icíar Bollaín Mexican director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and executive producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a film about the first explorations of Christopher Columbus. The location was chosen due to budget constraints and because they could hire locals as cast and … Continue reading Even the Rain (También la lluvia)

Cell 211 (Celda 211)

Cell 211 (Celda 211) Spain (2009) Dir. Daniel Monzón Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) is a prison guard inspecting his new work premises a day before he is due to start work when he is accidentally knocked out whilst in a dilapidated part of the prison, Instead of taking him to the infirmary, his colleagues dump … Continue reading Cell 211 (Celda 211)