Oct 2, 2023
2023 Spain 2hr 18minutes
In Spanish, Galician and French with English Subtitles
Winner of 9 Goyas - Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Awards© - including Best Picture, this intimate, haunting true-crime drama -- part noir thriller, part social realism -- is set in a Galician farming village (the “wild west” of Spain), a region that’s as sweepingly idyllic as it is economically depressed. A bourgeois, expatriate French couple (Marina Foïs and Denis Ménochet), committed to organic farming, settles uneasily among the poor Spanish farmers who’ve struggled for generations to earn a living from this land. They clash over whether to sell their land to foreign interests who’ve offered fast money to develop wind power. Two glowering brothers, characters who seem to have stepped directly from the nastiest scenes in Deliverance, take on the idealistic pair. On the surface there are victims and perpetrators, but the screenplay resists oversimplifying the complex dynamics of gentrification – the privilege of imposing progressive values and the tragedy of fear-turned-to-hate.