Saturday, October 16, 2010

La cabina (1972)

Horror in a phone box! could be the alternate title for this short bizarre movie. A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.
Antonio Mercero uses a simple concept and directs a surreal nightmare.
What at first seems like a plot fit for a comedy becomes ever more dark, culminating in the darkest of dark endings, said to be an allegory for things
that happened under the fascist state set up by Franco. The film is glorious in its simplicity but rich in symbols and metaphors about loneliness and
alienation in the urban landscape, although its minimal dialogue.The finale is quite disturbing and
brings sensations similar to the ones generated by some Goya's "Black Paintings".
A unique film from Spain.

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