|FICTION (FICCION) (director/writer: Cesc Gay; screenwriter: Tomàs Aragay; cinematographer: Andreu Rebés ; editor: Frank Gutiérrez ; music: Xavier Salvá/Cesc Gay; cast: Javier Camara (Santi), Montse German (Monica), Carme Pla (Judith), Eduard Fernández (Alex), Agata Roca (Sílvia); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Marta Esteban/Gerardo Herrero; (CDI Films) Alta Films; 2006-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
drama about a mid-life crisis."
by Dennis Schwartz
Catalan filmmaker Cesc Gay ("A Gun In Each Hand"/"Hotel Room"/"Nico and Dani") artfully directs a realistic drama about a mid-life crisis, and shows the affects of the human condition on a sensitive artist looking for answers about the direction of his life. Gay co-writes the nimble screenplay with Tomàs Aragay.
soon to be 40-year-old Alex (Eduard Fernández)
is a married Barcelona-based filmmaker, who suffers
from writer's block. To be inspired to write the
screenplay for his new film, Alex leaves his wife home
and stays in scenic Catalan Cerdanya at the
country cabin of his world-traveler bohemian friend
Santi (Javier Camara). To Alex's
pleasant surprise the terminally ill Judith
(Carme Pla) and her musician friend Monica (Montse
German) are there as Santi's guests. The
foursome dine together and converse about the meaning
of existence. Though Alex relaxes in the peaceful
mountain village setting and enjoys the company of the
others, he unfortunately can't overcome his writer's
block and feels funny about his sexual attraction for
Monica. Deciding to go home early, Alex agrees to
first accompany the others on a camping
trip to the Pyrenees. On the mountain hike
the possible romance between the violinist and
filmmaker becomes real but goes unfinished like the
script, as after the camping trip the two would-be
lovers go their separate ways.
nothing seems to be happening, the actors perform so
well that they let us feel their inner joys and pains
by their subtle expressions. The well-crafted film has
small ambitions, but ably gets across its theme about
how difficult it is to find the meaning of life if one
isn't inwardly centered.
REVIEWED ON 11/10/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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