What's the bet that any movie bearing the title
A GOOD MAN is going to be about a guy who's not so hot? The irony is just too irresistible, right? It evidently was for writer/
director Juan Martínez Moreno (shown below), whose film of that name has screened twice already at the FSLC's Span-
ish Cinema Now.
This tale of three law professors stars former heartthrob Tristan Ulloa as the most pivotal of the three, now looking quite buttoned-
down, ready for mid-life and bear-
ing a surprising resemblance to our own Tim Robbins. Ulloa is assisted by Emilio Gutiérrez Caba (two photos below) as his friend, father figure & mentor; Alberto Jiménez as his smart and nasty adversary; & Nathalie Poza (below, left) as his long-suffering wife. Good cast! Each does a creditable job with the material given -- which, to label as second-rate, would be kind.
|If a theme can be found that joins the disparate array of films collected for this year's SCN, it might just be this: How long does it take a country, post-|
fascist-dictatorship, to arrive at a new kind of dictatorship: that of a consumer-crazed Capitalism in which getting ahead is all and rocking the boat in any form is simply not to be tolerated. We've seen this reflected in different ways by this years' Cell 211, Gordos, Hierro, Mediterran-
ean Food (more about this fun film soon), Woman Without Piano and even Stigmata (more about this one soon, too). In any case, I think A Good Man bears out this theory, even if, as a movie, it is no great shakes.
(see Ulloa's hand, below).