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Publica un comentari a l’entrada. Andreu, an year-old country boy, witnesses a horrifying murder. Ceimen the authorities suspect his father, and his family becomes threatened by local politics, Andreu escapes into a fantasy world based on the supernatural folk tales of the surrounding hills and forests. Eventually Andreu realises he must leave his fantasy world to track down the real killer and betray his own roots to survive. We got this covered. The film focuses on a ten year old by the name of Andreu who is just old enough to begin understanding the complex world going on around him.

And it is very complex. A cloaked figure murders a man and his son by leading their carriage off a cliff. As Andreu attempts to exonerate his father, he finds much more in the world surrounds him than he wants ee know.

One complaint I had was that the film is unashamedly created for mainstream audiences.

ve Still, there are some things of genuine worth here. His leading cast wields some genuinely lovely moments out of the unruly script. As well as some genuinely disturbing ones. A man is attacked in the Catalan woods, brutally murdered by a cloaked assailant; his son, in the back of their horse-drawn wagon, is driven over a cliff and left to die. Found by his friend Andreu a terrific Francesc Colomerthe boy breathes out the name of a ghost in his final moments: Was his death some sort of revenge, a score settling?

In the eyes of the police, the victors, Farriol must be guilty. His only hope is hipotdnusa flee over the mountains and into the relative safety of France, a route many men, lucky enough to escape the purge of the reds, have already taken.

Andreu is sent away to live with his hiptoenusa, who is a caretaker for a wealthy family headed by an overbearing matriarch, who will later hold the fates of Farriol and Andreu in her hands. Although the adults pretend that her father also escaped to Rl, she knows the much more disturbing truth. And, in some ways, the children are right: But the biggest mystery that Andreu hippotenusa to solve is how the ghost of a man who is said to haunt the woods, cursed ever since the war, could be involved in the death of his young friend.

The truth is that a conflict of that horror and magnitude provides cover for a multitude of sins.

The clergy, on the side of the fascists, sit in judgement on their parishioners, even controlling what they eat – allowing those unfortunates on the losing side only coarse, black bread as some kind of twisted punishment. That the film takes the perspective of a child Andreu is in every scene and where he is not directly part of the action the viewer is nonetheless aware of him as an observer of the world of adults: As with those films, the child protagonist comes from a family that was on the losing side of the Civil War.

Despite the arguable lack of emphasis on the period, the film is nonetheless rooted in a specific place from the very first sequence, one of the most brutal film openings I have seen for quite some time. But the opening of the film in which we see a father and son murdered, and Andreu’s discovery of their bodies and its use of landscape and location are the first indication of how closed and isolated this community is, and also of the otherworldliness that permeates the film.


Central to this otherworldliness is the forest, which is revealed as a place of enchantment and refuge, but also of intense fear.

Emili Teixidor (1932–2012)

I may revisit the film on the blog in the future when more people will hopefully have seen it, and also when I have got into a better rhythm with my writing this feels a bit clunky to me.

In the meantime I will just say that having seen the crmien, the Goya triumph is completely understandable. I will certainly keep an eye out for her appearances in the future —every emotion that her character feels is etched upon her face in what is a heartbreaking performance and it is largely due to her performance that the last line of the film is so devastating.

The setting is a forest. A boy and a man make their way uneasily through this rough terrain in horse and carriage. A hooded figure emerges out of the trees and kills the man with an enormous rock, while the little boy watches, hidden in the canopy of the wagon, too scared to make a sound. A beat later the killer will take the dead man, the boy, the horse and carriage and send the lot over a cliff.

This episode has the feel of a nightmare, and not only because of dd mysterious figure of the hooded killer.

Set in in the countryside around Barcelona, the narrative takes place in a Spain that has only recently come out of a civil war, with the Fascists victors. In his new home Andreu is awakened to sex and politics and the lies that adults must tell so they can learn to live themselves and their past. Still, it sets a mood and a tone of unease that never abates.

Grim but gripping tale of a rural lad’s first exposure to evil in Spain’s post-Civil War years. Set inthe film opens with its most visually startling scene, its brutality setting the tone for what follows. The issue of whodunit quickly becomes secondary. Farriol escapes to France, while Andreu is sent by Florencia to live with his grandmother Elisa Crehuetin a house full of women; the men are all either dead or exiled. While the women do their best to cope, the war has caused the men to regress to their most basic instincts: The local schoolteacher Eduard Fernandez, brilliantly eliciting both compassion and repulsion is an alcoholic who is sleeping with Nuria.

Farriol, despite his repeated speeches to Andreu about maintaining ideals, is an ambiguous figure at best. It all adds up to a harrowing portrait of a war and a regime that have taken a toll on victors and vanquished alike, as well as their children. As a depiction of rural poverty, pic is impressive: The darkly lit, richly textured interiors seem to be an extension of the beautifully lensed natural landscape, with a palette that switches from natural brown tones during the day to harsh blue hues at night.

Several scenes, including a dream sequence, are shot through with a raw, unsettling power. But what really distinguishes the film stylistically is the urgency of the often handheld lensing, more redolent of a gritty urban drama than of a rural period piece.

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Even the closest relationship in the film, between Andreu and Farriol, is always troubled. Perfs are uniformly fine from a Hippotenusa cast whose biggest names, including Laia Marull as Pauleta, the deranged wife of the man murdered in the first scene, are relegated to the smaller roles. These questions mostly center on Andreu, and Colomer carries the emotional weight superbly, especially in a dr understated final moment.

Stodgy, starchy and not particularly nutritious, “Black Bread” is the latest in a very long line of films to examine the harmful effects of war and its aftermath upon innocent children. Adapted from a well-regarded literary novel, the mainstream-oriented picture tries to cram too much incident and symbolism into its ee running-time. Nevertheless, the Spanish has a solid domestic box office prospects given the subject matter, the familiarity of the source material and the starry cast.

Main focus is on bright Andreu Francesc Colomeraged around 10, whose family are implicated in the ongoing conflict between the government forces of General Franco, successful in the recently-concluded Spanish Civil War, and those who oppose or resist the victorious nationalists.


In an atmosphere of tension and suspicion, the children of the area channel their fears into folk-tales of supernatural forces in the surrounding hills and forests. He even casts the latter movie’s Sergi Lopez in a very similar role as a sneering Fascist bully-boy. The intriguing title refers to the brown-flour food which peasants like Andreu’s family subsist on.

After a startlingly violent and disturbing opening – involving simulated but very realistic-looking cruelty to a horse, the film gradually bogs down into an overcomplicated stew of secrets, lies, myths and jipotenusa revelations. Villaronga generally handles proceedings in a bland, functional manner.

Hand-held camerawork is deployed to give proceedings a slightly arty touch. He does obtain fresh performances from his child actors, their realistic brattishness offsetting a general tendency towards tear-jerking sentimentality that’s especially noticeable in the grim final reels.

Set in post-Spanish Civil War Catalonia, the film creates an atmosphere where the potential for death and hostility to erupt exists around every corner, in every situation.

From the outset you learn that no place is safe; not the family hearth, government offices, and certainly not the multitude of caves, woods, and fields where the year-old Ed Francesc Colomer grows up. Andreu witnesses the final moments of his best friend, and the dying child gurgles the name Pitorliua, the name of a ghost said to haunt their village.

His father, Farriol Roger Casamajoris accused of the murder, and must go into hiding. The two wounded children form close bond, and are forced into the grown-up world of secrets, lies, jealousies, rumors, politics, and redemption. Ultimately Andreu is forced to make arduous, soul-rending choices about his dreams, family, and loyalties, decisions that are difficult—at best—for adults, let alone a child trying to come to terms with the world.

Andreu begins as a kind, wide-eyed innocent—sneaking bread to a consumptive, contagious inmate at a monastery, a young man who may or may not be an angel—and he believes the best in people, until little by little it is revealed to him that what his father tells him is true, that people are capable of extreme acts of evil. Nuria serves as a guide for Andreu through these treacherous waters. She is pragmatic, and uses what she has to get through and better her situation—doling out sexual favors for benefits.

It speaks well of their talent jipotenusa two such young actors can carry parts with this much depth and weight, roles that would crush most adult actors into flattened, mushy little pancakes.

Colomer and Comas both deliver subtle, nuanced, and at times heartbreaking performances. The characters are certainly haunted, all of them to some degree, but not by ghosts, by decisions and actions that they cannot take back, and pasts they cannot escape. And monsters and horrors abound, hipotenusz not the kind of myth and legend, these are the much more human, much more frightening variety, the ones that vrimen actually reach out, touch you, and do you harm.

As the film progresses Andreu slowly unravels the truth about his father, his mother, Nuria, Pitorliua, dd twisted nature of their town and their story, and the part he is to play in everything. Based on the acclaimed novel uipotenusa Emili Teixidor, the film nearly swept the Goya Awards—think the Spanish Oscars—and is making the festival rounds, screening at the Seattle International Film Festival, and will hopefully find a distributor.

Dans les secrets d’un village catalan. Nous sommes au lendemain de la guerre civile espagnole. Comentaris del fl Atom.