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Petra

In his most accessible film to date, acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Jaime Rosales tells the tale of a morbidly dysfunctional family.

Dir Jaime Rosales
Prod Bárbara Díez, José María Morales, Antonio Chavarrías, Jérôme Dopffer, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Evan Jakobsen
Scr Jaime Rosales, Michel Gaztambide, Clara Roquet
With Bárbara Lennie, Alex Brendemühl, Marisa Paredes
Spain-France-Denmark
2018
107min
Sales Film Factory Entertainment
Subtitles

Petra has never known the identity of her father. After her mother passes away, she follows a trail of clues which lead her to Juame, a famous artist known for his hostile temperament, whom Petra believes to be her biological parent. Taking up residency in his palatial home, she soon encounters Jaume’s wife and son. As the group become acquainted, a long-buried history of familial secrets and lies spill out, setting in motion a series of shattering events that will change their lives forever. Utilising a non-linear approach, Rosales expertly weaves together multiple narrative threads to craft a richly complex, gloriously unpredictable melodrama of Greek tragedy proportions. The performances, meanwhile, are uniformly excellent, particularly Bárbara Lennie’s, who lends the film a rich empathy, even in its wildest moments.

Michael Blyth


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