El bar [The Bar] (2017)

El bar
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Blanca SuárezMario CasasCarmen MachiSecun de la RosaJaime OrdóñezTerele PávezJoaquín ClimentAlejandro Awada
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

In a small bar in Madrid run by Amparo (Terele Pávez) and her cook Sátur (Secun de la Rosa), a group of people comes together who couldn’t be more different. They all plan to go their separate ways when a shot rings out in the streets, striking down one of the customers who just left. A rescue attempt also ends deadly. As they don’t dare to leave anymore, they try to figure out what is going on inside the cafe which quickly leads to them turning on each other.

When I saw El Bar at the festival, it hit me at a bad time and I slept a lot during the film. The parts I saw weren’t really to my liking, and my track record with de la Iglesia is spotty to put it mildly. Nevertheless when I saw that the film had hit netflix, I decided to give it another try. Just to be fair. I shouldn’t have bothered.


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Las brujas de Zugarramurdi [Witching & Bitching] (2013)

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Terele Pávez, Carolina Bang, Carmen Maura, Gabriel Ángel Delgado
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

José (Hugo Silva) was recently divorced and is in the middle of a custody battle with his wife. It really doesn’t help that he takes his son (Gabriel Ángel Delgado) with him on a robbery that he planned together with some guys, among them Antonio (Mario Casas). But things go wrong and the guys find themselves on the run. Their flight leads them directly into a coven of not particularly well-meaning witches.

Witching & Bitching starts out funny but the longer it went on, the more difficulty I had with its blatant misogyny. In the end I was too horrified to really enjoy it.


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