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The Realm

El reino

Unravelling at a speed that rivals today’s news cycle, this Spanish neo-noir finds a local politician up to his neck in a party-wide corruption scandal.

Dir Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Prod Gerardo Herrero, Mikel Lejarza
Scr Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
With Antonio de la Torre, Barbara Lennie
Spain-France
2018
131min
Sales Latido Films
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Most political thrillers unfold from the perspective of the good guys, sniffing around a conspiracy that the establishment doesn’t want them to find. Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s follow-up to his dark 2016 serial-killer drama May God Save Us takes a different perspective. Here, popular political figure ‘Manu’ Manuel López-Vidal (the charismatic Antonio de la Torre) already has his snout in the trough. But when the party starts to distance itself from him, he decides to carry out his own detective work, threatening to bring the whole sleaze network crashing down. Just as Manu experiences it, the story starts out chatty, light-hearted and almost cavalier, but soon mutates into a compelling conspiracy-theory thriller with an eye on very urgent real-world issues.

Damon Wise


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