‘The House’: beautiful adaptation of Paco Roca’s comic about the ‘Spain family’ | Culture

‘The House’: beautiful adaptation of Paco Roca’s comic about the ‘Spain family’ | Culture
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In these days of political and social vertigo and confrontation, a film like Home He comes to talk to us about what we share; of what unites us despite the separation; of moments, times and recognizable human beings; of unforgettable moments due to laughter or tears, greatness or smallness; of what we were, what we are and what we will be. Everyone, you and I, could be the inhabitants of…

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In these days of political and social vertigo and confrontation, a film like Home He comes to talk to us about what we share; of what unites us despite the separation; of moments, times and recognizable human beings; of unforgettable moments due to laughter or tears, greatness or smallness; of what we were, what we are and what we will be. Everyone, you and I, could be the inhabitants of Home, the graphic novel by Paco Roca that Álex Montoya has adapted to film with the calm, subtlety, brio, delicacy and truth of great little works. Their protagonists, who could actually be us, could well be called the Spain brothers.

The plot is not new at all: after the death of their father, three brothers and their respective partners and children meet in the country house where they grew up during the summers to decide what to do with it. We have seen dozens of movies like this. But not as many as good as Home, in which each decision by Montoya and his creative group reinforces what they want to instil from the beginning: a tone of conversation and interpretation; a color, between dark green and ocher; a light and a texture; a stillness, a melancholy and a future in harmony.

After a long career as a long-distance runner in short films, and two great films that seemed minor but remained in the retina and gut, Montoya earned his doctorate with a job that seems complicated not to appeal to all types of audiences: from the the most militant and warlike cinephilia to the most popular side. Assembly (2019) was a blessed anomaly because it reflected from the left on some of the evils of the left, with the mechanisms of political participation of citizens as protagonists, and with a rare modulation between reflection and comedy. Luke (2021), also with enormous courage, delved into the difficult topic of pedophilia, focusing on adolescent astray. Home It is one more step, of enormous breadth, in the career of Montoya, here director, screenwriter (together with Joana M. Ortueta), producer and editor (together with Lucía Casal).

David Verdaguer, in ‘The House’.

It is clear that it is a film thought out and measured in all aspects of cinematographic language. The staging is clean and close, but invisible. The changes in format and textures between the present, in widescreen, and the past, narrower, with the hard grain of memory and super-8, and the rounded edges of the somewhat faded photos from the eighties. The soundtrack by Fernando Velázquez, beautiful but never prissy. Even facial rejuvenation through deepfake It has been nickel-plated. But perhaps it is in the editing where the special tone has been imposed, with those transition shots that put the focus on objects and nature, on the fluidity of the little things that still make our hair stand on end because of the memory. , like a Yasujiro Ozu from our Mediterranean.

Therapeutic film with beautiful intimacy, Home Nor would it be what it is without its excellent group of performers, each one of admirable finesse and authenticity, among whom Óscar de la Fuente perhaps stands out even more, already a candidate for the Goya for supporting performance. That family in which there is always a handyman and a thinker, one who lets everything go and another who keeps everything, someone who brings the others together with his patience, around a father’s or mother’s old slippers. , now a small tree and now a hose to water the patio that releases water from the , is nothing more than the España family.

Home

Address: Alex Montoya.

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Performers: David Verdaguer, Óscar de la Fuente, Olivia Molina, Luis Callejo, María Romanillos.

Gender: drama. Spain, 2024.

Duration: 83 minutes.

Premiere: May 1.

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