Days before he's set to fly to Los Angeles for grad school, aspiring architect Ignacio is forced to put his plans on hold when his brother, Carlos, comes looking for refuge from gangsters out to get him over unpaid gambling debts.
Ignacio, a brilliant architectural student with a stable life, has not seen his troublesome older brother Carlos for more than six years. When they meet again, he finds out that Carlos has problems with the gambling debts, so he decides to try to help him, even putting his life in danger, before leaving with a scholarship that he has managed to go to study in Los Angeles.
Passable drama about two brothers have wildly differing temperaments and their twisted relationships
This naturalist flick deals with a young aspiring architect called Nacho (Unax Ugalde) meets his eldest brother Carlos (Tristan Ulloa) after several years he left home . Carlos is a swindler and obsessed card gambler , he owes a lot of cash and being pursued by his violent creditors . Nacho is still living with their wealthy parents (Minguillón , Hermann Bonnín) while Carlos living with his fiancée . Later on , Carlos has been leaved by his girlfriend (Elizabeth Cervantes) and Nacho falls in love with her . Then , the events go wrong until a tragic and surprising final.
Solid , realist but downbeat drama with screenplay by same director Antonio Chavarrias based on the novel "Un Enano Español Se Suicida En Las Vegas" written by Vicente Francisco Casavella ; being mostly filmed in Barcelona, Catalonia . It is a peculiar story of love , difficult sibling relationship , betrayal , lies and jealousy with an intrigue behind . A promising idea, destroyed by a flawed script that does not build tension and is more a drama than a love story . The picture relies heavily on the complex relationship between two brothers who meet again several years later . This interesting as well as thrilling story is a passionate retelling and a touching drama , including strong as well as exuberant sex scenes . Nice interpretations from Tristan Ulloa as a decaying card player who has a lot of debts and Unax Ugalde as his ingenious brother who attempts to help him with unexpected consequences . Sad though adequate musical score by Javier Navarrete , a prestigious composer who has composed and conducted impressive scores in international successes such as ¨Byzantium¨, ¨Hemingway & Gellhorn¨ , ¨Cracks¨ , ¨Pan labyrinth¨, ¨Wrath of titans¨, ¨Mirrors , and ¨The Devil's backbone¨ . Atmospheric but dark cinematography by Guillermo Granillo , mostly carried out by camera on shoulder and in documentary style . Being shot on location in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Teià ,Barcelona , Catalonia, Spain.
The motion picture was professionally directed by Antonio Chavarrias , though with no originality and results to be slow-moving and some boring . Antonio Chavarrías was born in 1956 in Barcelona, Catalonia, location in which he often shoots his films . He is a good writer and director, known for Volverás (2002), Dictado (2012) , Las Vidas De Celia (2006) , Susanna (1996) . Furthermore , he has produced many TV films and pictures such as Radiaciones , Carne Neón , Elisa K , La Isla Interior , Aro Tolbukhin , El Espejo , La Caja , among others .
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