Spain 2022
Spanish and Catalan, subtitles in English
115 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Carlos Vermut
Screenplay: Carlos Vermut
Cast: Nacho Sánchez, Zoe Stein, Álvaro Sanz Rodriguez
Production: Pedro Hernández Santos, Alex Lafuente / Aquí y Allí Films, Bteam Prods
Print Source: Film Factory Entertainment

Twenty-something Madrid native Julian (Nacho Sanchez) is a creature modeller for video games. But even when he isn’t locked into his VR headset, he’s somehow removed from the world around him. Then a shocking event – he saves a child from a fire in the apartment next door – triggers a spiralling exploration of hitherto untapped darker impulses. Carlos Vermut’s subdued but potent exploration of one man’s struggle with a side of his psyche that he barely admits to himself, let alone understands, makes for uneasy viewing. Yet it’s a provocative and intelligently handled picture which explores the impact of isolation and social dislocation on a troubled soul.

Wendy Ide / Screen Daily