Tuesday, April 9, 2013

THE FOREST (2012) (aka EL BOSC) (2012) movie review

Forest, The (aka El Bosc) (2012) (1st viewing) d. Aibar, Oscar (Spain)

A strange and moving tale set during the Spanish Civil War that captures some of the same magic as Guillermo del Toro’s dark twins (The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth). Stubborn young farmer Alex Brendemuhl refuses to kowtow to his village’s radical leanings; when the revolution begins, he is forced to go into hiding with his dedicated wife Raquel Dalmases attempting to keep him supplied with food and drink. But every six months, there is a special, magical phenomenon that occurs in a small grove in their field that allows for an unusual form of eluding capture. A thoughtful and human examination of the effects of war that manages to be both universal and intensely personal.

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