Rent Fire Will Come (2019)

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1h 25min
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Synopsis:
Amador (Amador Arias) has been imprisoned for setting fires. When released, he moves back to his hometown, a small village hidden in the mountains of rural Galicia, to live with his elderly mother, Benedicta (Benedicta Sanchez), and their three cows. Amador does not speak much and remains guarded and stern when the villagers make small talk with him. He becomes aware that there is gossip about his past. Life goes by slowly and simple, domestic routines are carried out daily. Amador has a chance encounter with Elena (Elena Fernandez), a local veterinarian who has been studying abroad, which hints at a possible romance or at least a meaningful human connection.
The rhythm of nature persists until a fire starts to devastate the region and Amador is unfairly blamed for it.
Actors:
, Benedicta Sánchez, Inazio Abrao, Elena Mar Fernández, David de Poso, Alvaro de Bazal, Damián Prado, Nando Vázquez, , José Luis Santalices, Manuel Santamarina, Antonio Fernández, Nuria Sotelo, Ivan Yañez, Rubén Gómez Coelho, Luis Manuel Guerrero Sánchez
Directors:
Producers:
Elise André, Jordi Balló, David Mathieu-Mahias, Mani Mortazavi, Andrea Queralt, Donato Rotunno, Andrea Vázquez
Writers:
Santiago Fillol, Oliver Laxe
Aka:
O que arde
Studio:
New Wave Films
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Spain, Drama
Awards:

2019 Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
25/05/2020
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
Galician
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (2) of Fire Will Come

Galicia gallery. - Fire Will Come review by RhysH

Spoiler Alert
14/05/2021

The opening sequence is as amazing as it is puzzling. The woodland is being destroyed, the trees are falling in waves, there is no obvious visual explanation. Could it be the start of some magical surrealist film? The rather mundane reason at the end of the sequence returns the viewer to reality.

The director Laxe takes time over each shot, a gallery of images with space to contemplate each one.

Amador Arias as Amador doesn't have a lot to say, he just observes the world around him. His face a relief map of the surrounding landscape. A wonderful performance from Benedicta Sanchez as his mother. What a life she lives with her three cows. All five mentioned are non-professional actors!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Where there's smoke... - Fire Will Come review by TE

Spoiler Alert
24/08/2021

Oliver Laxe succeeds in taking us right into the inner life of a remote Galician community in this quietly remarkable film.

The close-quarter images of blazing forests feel very relevant to the increasingly serious wildfires around the world. However, we don't know if Amador started the terrible fire that closes the film, with Laxe giving various hints in the direction of both guilt and innocence. The prevailing impression is one of humanity just about co-existing with the powerful forces of nature in an unforgiving landscape, just as Amador's crime has not been forgotten or forgiven.

At the heart of the film is a wonderfully natural performance by Benedicta Sanchez as Amador's mother. Her small, indomitable frame carries her through a hard-scrabble life with humane dignity and presence.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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