Dark Blue Almost Black and Gordos) and one short (Traumalogía), Daniel Sánchez Arévalo has quickly become one of TM's favorite Spanish filmmakers -- one who is full of energy, ideas and style. So hopes were very high for his new film COUSINHOOD (Primos), which is making its US debut this weekend as part of the FSLC's Spanish Cinema Now series.
Hangover movies is perhaps not so far out of line. In Cousinhood, three cousins -- one of whom (Quim Gutiérrez, above, of Bloody May and Dark Blue Almost Black) has been stood up at his wedding -- decide to head back to their childhood village to "reconnect." Which they do, in spades. The other two primos are played by the filmmaker's regular, Raúl Arévalo (below), and by Adrián Lastra, both of whom have problems of their own.The former has trouble connecting with women he truly might care about, the latter is besieged with medical problems, some real some not so.
Antonio de la Torre (below, from Gordos and The Last Circus) and, in the leading female role, the lovely Inma Cuesta, who helps keep the movie grounded. There's plenty of color, scenery, food and events. But finally, all of it seems more manufactured than organic. Still, this is the filmmaker's most successful movie so far, box-office-wise, and attention is being paid. (See the interview below for more specifics on the ups and down of success, and letting go of the dark side.)
Walter Reade Theater.
Quim: It does. Thank you.