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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Alex Brendemuhl
Agata Roca
Maria Antonia Martinez
Pape Monsoriu.
Directors
Jaime Rosales.
Screenwriters
Jaime Rosales
Enric Rufas.
Running Time
110 minutes

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The Hours Of The Day
The act of murder comes across as random, cruel and difficult in Jaime Rosales' resolutely realist drama.


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Plot
The unmotivated strangling of a female cabbie is seemingly the last thing on Abel's mind, as he contends with the three women in his life - his doting mother, a girlfriend insisting on greater commitment, and the assistant he needs to sack at his struggling Barcelona clother shop.


Review
Not since Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing has the act of murder seemed so random, cruel and difficult as in Jaime Rosales' resolutely realist drama.

However, the unmotivated strangling of a female cabbie is seemingly the last thing on Abel's (Brendemuhl) mind, as he contends with the three women in his life - his doting mother, a girlfriend insisting on greater commitment, and the assistant he needs to sack at his struggling Barcelona clothes shop.

As in Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman - in which attention to mundane detail culminates in a senseless death - it doesn't take much to tip the pacific into the psychotic.

The subsequent return of banality may frustrate some, but it's now intriguingly laced with suspense as we anticipate another crime or Abel's arrest.


Verdict
The return of banality after a random killing may frustrate some, but it's now intriguingly laced with suspense as we anticipate another crime or Abel's arrest.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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