Luis Sampieri, Spain
2010, 89 min
18 February 2010
Delphi Filmpalast, Berlin
Cast: Sergi Gibert (Iker), Ramia Chaoui (Ramia), Irene Garres (Ana)
Three teenagers on a lonely mountain road, preparing for a journey. Thinking they were boys because of their Internet screen names “Mishima” and “Manson,” 18-year-old Iker (Sergi Gibert) has recruited 17-year-old Ana (Irene Garres) and 15-year-old Ramia (Ramia Chaoui) for an action. Now he laments that he’s been deceived by two girls – one a “manic-depressive,” the other an “Arab” – neither of whom are likely to be up to the task ahead of them.
Iker is particularly cruel to headscarf-wearing Ramia, making her pay for the petrol, insulting her throughout the trip. Ana wanly mediates between them, while maintaining flatly that they have no need to form a bond beyond their unstated action.
Tension builds as the day progresses. When they reach their forest destination, the three continue to seem lost, as they wander through nature, occasionally encountering other people from a distance. Sheep wander in the background, leaves rustle in the wind, trucks arrive for some unknown project. Something is going to happen, and it isn’t going to be good.
“No one is leaving here. If you made it this far, you have to finish, right?”
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