Tarde para la ira, directed by Raúl Arévalo (a.k.a. The fury of a patient man, 2016).
José (Antonio de la Torre) is a sullen and melancholic man who lives in a common neighbourhood. He spends his spare time in a bar, where he knows the bartender Juanjo (Raúl Jiménez) and his sister Ana (Ruth Díaz). Ana’s husband Curro (Luis Callejo) has been in jail for eight years for a foiled robbery on a jewellery shop. This doesn’t stop José from pursuing and romancing Ana just a few days before her husband serves his sentence. (If you check IMDb, please note there’s a huge spoiler on the plot summary next to the movie poster.)
This is “Spanish Sean Penn” Raúl Arévalo’s directorial debut and writing debut alongside David Pulido, after a career lasting over fifteen years as an actor. And he definitely does a great job. The storyline is great, with rounded up and developed characters and a very suitable pacing. I don’t know much about photography but his shots and scene planning look conscientious.
The lead is Antonio de la Torre, my favourite Spanish actor alive. He’s more restrained than in other roles he’s played, but that’s absolutely adequate for his character. Luis Callejo is a very nice surprise. In a movie where tension is high and everything is left unsaid, the fact that Callejo can speak only with his eyes is of huge value.
This being said, there is something that made me very upset about this movie: dialogue is very hard to make out. I have a loss of hearing of five percent, and this means it’s hard for me to make out dialogue if background noise or music is too loud, or if actors are slurring their lines. I would have turned the subtitles on, but apparently Movistar+ wasn’t offering them (meaning if you are deaf you paid five euro so you couldn’t enjoy the movie). Even with maximum volume my dad and I had trouble understanding what the characters said, especially in the pillow talk scene. If you have been reading me for some time, you know I’m a sucker for naturalness in acting. But consonants have a right to live too.
All in all, very recommended. Check it out!