La Mirada Film Festival: LA ISLA INTERIOR (The Island Inside)

La película fue una historia intensamente emocional de la familia. Disfruté de ello mucho.

It was an intense afternoon yesterday at the La Mirada Film Festival at the screening of La Isla Interior (viewed at ACMI), a sophisticated film exploring the lives of a family coping with schizophrenia, sexual abuse and an over-controlling mother who feels she must carry the responsibility of the whole family to function.

A highly emotional and deeply thoughtful cast connect and tell their stories in a believable way. At first I thought there was a need to have a larger role of someone ‘not impacted by a mental illness or abused past’ but perhaps this is my reaction to such a poignant portrayal of what is perhaps closer to the reality of such a situation than I wish to admit.

The screening was followed by a charming Q and A with actor Antonio de la Torre where most of the audience questions were about the actors’ preparation and management of such intensely emotional roles.

I really enjoyed this movie directed by Félix Sabroso and Dunia Ayas. It has inspired and nurtured my quest to better learn the Spanish language and nuances of the culture.

SYNOPSIS: Directors Félix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso present this film about a dysfunctional family: Martín wants to leave his parents’ house and become a writer in Paris. His sister, Gracia, is tormented by the fictitious narrative her life has turned into. As for Coral, the remaining sister, she just yearns to be loved. The forthcoming death of their schizophrenic father forces them to leave their inner island in which they live in spiritual isolation. The astonishing script written by the directors is paralleled by a no-less impressive cinematography the use of colour and light are outstanding. Exceptional performances by a remarkable cast, featuring the wonderful Geraldine Chaplin and Candela Peña, provide a light, at times funny quality to their dramatic circumstances. Be enlightened by actor Antonio de la Torre’s personal experience working on this film, that is possibly the most inspiring drama of last year’s Spanish cinema. [from the La Mirada Film Festival website]

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