No, it's not a ghost story. Not exactly, though there are things that go bump in the night and deprive our char-
acters of sleep. These are called memories, and there are plenty of them -- mostly bad -- for the extended family that people THE CONDEMNED (Los condenados), a new film by Isaki Lacuesta (below) that debuts today in the FSLC's Spanish Cinema Now series.
Lacuesta's film takes place in Argentina, land of "the disappeared" (there have been "disappeared" in a number of South American countries, Chile and Paraguay among them, but Argentina -- with its troubles of the 1970s seemed to have coined the phrase). Now, three generations of this particular family meet in a lovely mountain location full of verdant foliage and a fine quarry in which to swim. Their purpose?
To dig up the remains of members and friends murdered and then buried here during that toxic political period.