Reminiscent of 2014 hit Wild Tales, this omnibus package features five lockdown stories - directed by five leading Spanish filmmakers under quarantine conditions - that are by turns funny, tongue-in-cheek morbid, romantic, grisly, visually inventive, and highly entertaining. The frequent plot twists are delicious, but there will be no spoilers here…
Story one has a woman visiting the shy male neighbour she "felt a connection with" during the nightly balcony applause sessions. She has something to sell - and he has something to hide… Tale two sees a grizzled yet sophisticated hitman schooling, via Zoom, a pizza-munching, callow idiot in the ways of assassination. Romance (or is it just sex?) plays out in episode three. Scenario four has actor Sara Sálamo and her real-life husband, Real Madrid footballer Isco Alarcón, rehearsing for an audition tape she must record amidst confinement chaos. A savage satire suggesting that the rich will come out of the pandemic just fine caps this worthy tribute to working with limited means and refusing to give up in the face of COVID-19.
Fernando Colomo, Álvaro Fernández-Armero, David Marqués, Miguel Bardem, Juan Diego Botto
Carlos Bardem, Alvaro Rico, Manuela Velasco, Rafa Castejón, Alberto Ammann, Clara Méndez-Leite, Luis Tosar, Luisa Mayol
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