Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Night of the Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo, 2006)

****
Spain

In stark contrast to the worryingly fashionable multiple-storyline Latin-flavoured melodramas that deliver a number of half-developed storylines in lieu of a single honestly developed one, Spaniard Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo comes up with this intricate, cleverly structured thriller, wherein six tight, meaty subplots (with each bringing to the fore and solidifying a separate character) contribute towards a gripping overarching one. It involves a pair of speleologists, superstition, rape and misguided vengeance as well as a Spanish rural setting used to great effect.

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