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A man returns to the village of his youth, just a few weeks after his wife's suicide. He hasn't been home in 44 years since the awful tragedy killed the woman he loved. The town has completely changed, but the house that holds his most horrid memories remains intact and appears to still be inhabited by his lost love. Just like Blame (La Culpa), this is a slow paced film. It's a shame that this isn't as well-rounded as that. It begins interesting and pulls the viewer in rather quickly with curiosity on what's going to happen next. However, this soon ends as the story begins to drag. Dialogue and plot points are dry and don't feel like there's much personality behind the film. In fact, this movie doesn't turn into a supernatural-esque type film until late into the running time.
With a mediocre script, one cannot expect much out of the actors. Most of the actors don't communicate well. Natalia Millán is the best this film has. She feels the most natural of all the actors. Essentially, this film has two leads as it shows the main character as a young man and an older man. Juan José Ballesta is his younger counterpart, while Jordi Dauder is the older. Between the two, Ballesta does a better job. Dauder doesn't connect with the audience well in the slightest and is rather unlikable.
A perfect opportunity was missed with the village. An absolutely creepy atmosphere easily could have been created, but it wasn't successful. The editing is a bit sloppy. This film is all-around standard stuff and nothing stands out. It's disappointing because this film had such great potential to create a very eerie ambience.
Of all the 6 Films to Keep You Awake, this is the worst. If anything, this may put you to sleep instead. It's slow and when it finally begins to build, it's anti-climatic. It feels as if the film went nowhere when there were so many routes it could have taken. This certainly isn't worthy of being in this set of Spanish films. Spectre (Regreso a Moira) should be approached with caution and the rest of the 6 Films to Keep You Awake shouldn't be judged by it.