A great mix of action and crime, with a successful journey into the past and a great confirmation of Quinqui cinema. Don’t miss the exciting “The Laws of the Frontier”.
The Quinqui cinema is one of the most impressive and unique artistic expressions of our cinema, and I’m always happy to bring back a film from that period because they’re usually very strong and they can entertain as well. Too bad they don’t distill as much anymore and that’s why it was such a pleasant surprise that a movie pleases The Laws of the Frontier.
Daniel Monzón’s most recent film is a amazing whirlwind reclaiming this type of cinema and also finds ways to tie it to a modern context and sensibility. This remarkable thriller, available to stream via Netflix, has some wonderful Marcos Ruiz, Begoña Vargas and Chechu Salgado in its cast.
Based on the novel by Javier Cercas, the story takes us to Girona in 1978. Ignacio Cañas (Ruiz) is an introverted and somewhat incongruous 17-year-old student who, when he meets Zarco (Salgado) and Tere (Vargas), dating two young delinquents the city’s Chinatown, you know involved in multiple thefts, robberies and robberies all summer and changed his life forever.
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Your family is initially relieved that your son is out and trying to interact with his surroundings, but it doesn’t take long to become concerned when irritable behavior, late arrivals, and gossip arise in the neighborhood. But Ignacio will insist Stay on that line between good and evil, between justice and injusticein his coming of age in a very special summer.
The film has a surprising component of youthful discovery cinema that exudes a particular emotion, although the most impressive thing is the work of Monzón and his team Create an ideal historical atmosphere. Neighborhood life, marginal existence, the unresolved brutality of a dictatorship that still had a warm corpse. Even the small moments of hedonism in the discos escape the harsh reality.
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The hopelessness of this time for these people combines well with a present sense of hopelessness for the youth where the future looks bleak. Although the adjustment work is great, it is easy to link it to the present and elements that are not yet resolved in our system. Monzón achieves a strong message by bringing the film to life through his neat characters and a great use of music.
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that a group like Burrito Kachimba by Derby Motoreta Taking care of the music makes the film’s intentions clear, as they do a great job of completely modernizing classical sounds to our own, such as the broken pipe music. Monzón also recovers well songs of the time, like those of The Greeks (which I admittedly listened to for a whole week after seeing the film), which together with his fabulous way of shooting action achieves a really powerful and addictive experience.
You can see The Laws of the Frontier on Netflix.
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