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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hierro


After watching the visually outstanding trailer decided that I had to watch the movie with none other than Elena Anaya in the lead. Yes the movie is visually outstanding with many very interesting compositions plus magnificent sights of El Hierro island, but have to admit that most of the extraordinary scenes were in the trailer which makes the trailer editing a lot more interesting than the movie itself.

Movie tells a tragedy told many times before and unfortunately does not succeed to tell it in a different way. As a matter of fact tells it so boringly that you don't even try to guess what will happen. Tells the story of a young mother whose little son disappears while riding the ferry to El Hierro and her quest to find him.

I liked Anaya's performance -and looks as not often you can see her with long-hair- but unfortunately her good performance plus the sporadic outstanding cinematography doesn't truly save the film labeled as mystery/thriller that in my opinion does not have much mystery and definitively no thrills. My belief is that director Gabe Ibáñez storytelling skills need to improve but he has time as this is his feature-film debut.

For this role Anaya won the Best Actress award at the 2010 Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival as well as in the 2010 Fatasporto fest in the 20th Directors Week. The film had its world premiere at 2009 Cannes sidebar Semaine de la Critique.

I only recommend this film if you enjoy Anaya's performances or if you never heard about this actress and you're 'dying' to watch Medem's Room In Rome it's a good film to watch her performing quite well.

Enjoy.

Watch trailer @Movie On Companion

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