Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen │ Drama │ Spain, France 2022 │137 Mins │ CLUB │ Subtitled
French couple Antoine and Olga have fulfilled their dream of moving to the Galician countryside, setting up their own small farm. Their refusal to sell their land to developers has created tensions with local brothers Xan and Loren, who want the money for a chance at a new life. Tensions boil over after an act of sabotage leads to increasingly tense and violent confrontations between the neighbours.
Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s engrossing thriller is a slow-burn in the best possible way. Aided by remarkably naturalistic performances, this is a methodical film where the tension builds and builds in a manner that’s utterly compelling. It’s no surprise it dominated at Spain’s Goya film awards, where it won in nine categories including Best Film.
Festivals & awards:
- Dublin International Film Festival, 2023 – Best Film (Dublin Film Critics’ Circle)
- Goya Awards, 2023 – winner of nine awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay
- César Awards, 2023 – Best Foreign Film
And while the jostling of the men and the sense of mounting threat is compellingly unsettling, it is Olga as a character, and Fois as an actor, who is the film’s secret weapon. Screen International
★★★★★ A terrific, gripping drama that will cross cultural borders with ease. Every nation has such stories. The Irish Times
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