Young Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba shows early 21st century life in Madrid in this series of three films.
Los exiliados románticos (The Romantic Exiles)
Luis, Vito and Fran are a trio of Spanish dreamers. They're headed to Paris in an old VW camper borrowed from a family friend to search for love and adventure. En route they ruminate and philosophize, joke around and listen to music. Each is forced to confront some truth about themselves, as well as their attitudes about life and love - particularly in balancing the desire for romantic idealism with the realities of compromise.
Todas las canciones hablan de mi (Every Song is About Me)
A boy-can't-forget-girl tale that feels lived-in and builds to an affirmative, emotionally stirring resolution. Ramiro (Oriol Vila) and Andrea (Barbara Lennie) have been together for six years when they separate. If only they could stay away from each other and begin life anew. Every Song features a screen full of memorable characters, not the least of which is Jonás' uncle David in a witty cameo as a justice of the peace who is clearly pressed for time.
Los ilusos (The Wishful Thinkers)
Waiting to get the green light for his new project, filmmaker León (Francesco Carril) contemplates a contemporary culture in which it's ever harder to get a job and failure is the order of the day. In a society where youth unemployment runs at over 56%, waiting effectively becomes a way of life. Jonás Trueba's camera follows León - an award-winning performance from Carril - as he sees friends, lovers and colleagues, talks about film and life, and discusses the aspirations of his generation. The Wishful Thinkers is a film about the craft of making work, but it's also both a boy-meets-girl tale and a seductive homage to Madrid - the city is as much a protagonist of the movie as Carril's León.
Coral Gables: Starts August 26 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.