sábado, 19 de enero de 2019

El pastor 'The Shepherd' (Spain UK 2016 - Jonathan Cenzual Burley)[Spanish][English Subs]









































ENGLISH
The Shepherd 
The Shepherd is a slow burning psychological drama and a parable of corporate greed, steadily building to a powerful climax under the skilful direction of young Spanish filmmaker Jonathan Cenzual Burley. Anselmo is a taciturn shepherd who lives a spartan life on a small farm in the Spanish plains. When he is approached by a construction company looking to buy his land, his casual refusal sends ripples through the community. It seems everyone around him has a stake in the development and increasingly extreme oppositionfrom his neighbours leads to bitter conflict.





ESPAÑOL
Título original
El pastor
Año
2016
Duración
98 min.
País
 España
Dirección
Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Guion
Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Música
Tim Walters
Fotografía
Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Reparto
Miguel Martín,  Alfonso Mendiguchia,  Juan Luis Sara,  Maribel Iglesias
Productora
Matchbox Films

Género
Drama | Vida rural

Sinopsis
El relato de un solitario pastor cuyo hogar y forma de vida se ven amenazados cuando unos promotores de la construcción se interesan por su tierra. (FILMAFFINITY)

Críticas
"Contra todo pronóstico, resulta bastante más interesante esa parte contemplativa, cercana a la mirada documental (...) que la trama costumbrista en torno a la ambición y los intereses oscuros (…) Puntuación: ★★ (sobre 5)"
Alberto Bermejo: Diario El Mundo

"[Tiene] la gran virtud de ir a más, de convertir lo que empieza con un naturalismo plomizo (...) en un relato que crece en pulsión dramática, en emoción y en dibujo vil de la naturaleza humana. (…) Puntuación: ★★ (sobre 5)"
Oti Rodríguez Marchante: Diario ABC

"Resulta más interesante en lo contemplativo (...) que en lo narrativo y en el conflicto dramático (...) filme demasiado evidente, simple, con unas interpretaciones demasiado forzadas (…) Puntuación: ★★ (sobre 5)"
Quim Casas: Diario El Periódico

"Con gran economía gestual y hasta verbal (...), el director consigue enriquecer su madeja dramática con una atmósfera opresiva in crescendo, evitando arquetipos (...) y seleccionado cuidadosamente los clímax de la narración (…) Puntuación: ★★★ (sobre 5)"
Javier Cortijo: Cinemanía

"Una historia emotiva (...) Convierte su premisa de hombre sencillo vs. el sistema en un drama rico e interesante (...) Animada por una actuación intensa de Miguel Martin"
Jonathan Holland: The Hollywood Reporter

"Hay una destreza admirable en el uso del sonido, la música y la luz (…) Puntuación: ★★★ (sobre 5)"
Leslie Felperin: The Guardian

"Una parábola reflexiva sobre la naturaleza corruptora de la avaricia (...) Sus problemas con los finales vuelven a aparecer, convirtiendo una saga atractiva en algo un poco apresurado e inverosímil (…) Puntuación: ★★★ (sobre 5)"
David Parkinson: Empire




Trailer (english subs)



The Shepherd is a slow burning psychological drama and a parable of corporate greed, steadily building to a powerful climax under the skilful direction of young Spanish filmmaker Jonathan Cenzual Burley. Anselmo is a taciturn shepherd who lives a spartan life on a small farm in the Spanish plains. When he is approached by a construction company looking to buy his land, his casual refusal sends ripples through the community. It seems everyone around him has a stake in the development and increasingly extreme oppositionfrom his neighbours leads to bitter conflict.

The Spanish for shepherd is "el pastor" making a specific connection between the occupation and the pastoral landscape he inhabits and it's a link that director Jonathan Cenzual Burley maintains strongly throughout his Spanish-set drama, with shots of wide-open vistas and turbulent cloud frequently to the fore. Anselmo (Miguel Martín) lives in the open countryside near a small town with his dog Pillo. His house is basic but the way he likes it and Cenzual Burley takes a measured approach to showing us his daily routine, which consists of rising early to tend his sheep, reading books from the local library to help pass the time and retiring to the local downbeat bar in the evening for a glass or two of wine and a bowl of peanuts.

It is little surprise then when he rejects an offer from a construction company to sell his land for a small fortune. The problem is, his pocket of pasture is just one of a number the firm want to buy but it's all or nothing as far as they are concerned. This does not go down well with greedy family man Paco (Juan Luis Sara) or Julian (Alfonso Mendiguchía), the slick but debt-ridden owner of the local slaughterhouse, both of whom see the cash as an answer to their problems and set about trying to change Anselmo's mind by fair means ultimately followed by foul.






The chief driver of the plot is attitudes to cash. "Envy is stronger than money," insists one man who believes Anselmo will be won over once he sees how the other owners will profit. But Anselmo - who remains remarkably down to earth despite his apparently saintly disposition - has little interest in worldly possessions beyond his animals and a packet of cigarettes. Even his books aren't owned, but rather borrowed from the local library, where librarian Conchi (Maribel Iglesias) seems to understand his values. In the rest of the townsfolk's mind, this disinterest in dinero is considered a sign of stupidity, with characters again and again suggesting that Anselmo is a fool. Money, as the old saying goes, is the root of all evil here, not just because of inherent greed but because of the way it permeates through relationships, poisoning as it passes through.

Cenzual Burley carefully probes this idea, while slowly building a sense of menace - a scene in which he cuts from the open vistas to the jarring threat of sterile saws and other apparatus of the slaughterhouse is particularly impressive.

The more the director begins to emphasise the film's thriller elements, the more the film drifts towards cliche - must pets and children in this sort of drama, for example, always face existential threat? Nevertheless, he has accomplished much on a tight budget, more proof you don't always need a king's ransom in order to succeed on your own terms.
https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/the-shepherd-2016-film-review-by-amber-wilkinson





The Shepherd morphs into an understated, modern western that is not averse to being critical of society. It also has a great deal in common with the portrayal of rural, harsh and unsparing – but fascinating – Spain that Miguel Delibes adored so much, and which he depicted, with passion but also a certain degree of fear, in novels such as The Holy Innocents: as in that book, here there is an analysis of the social strata that are still spreading today, the abuse of power perpetrated by certain people, and the limited tolerance of the oppressed.

The movie – which combines hugely talented narrative and visual tools next to others that betray their scant resources (the filmmaker has again undertaken a very unburdened shoot, with a virtually non-existent budget: he got the project off the ground with a bare minimum of sponsorship) – also has a hint of film noir as it rises up in strong condemnation of that unstoppable epidemic called greed.

Filmed with a skeleton crew of just four people (cameraman, sound engineer, assistant and director), The Shepherd contains more truth than the films with colossal multi-million-euro budgets that tend to monopolise the box office.
https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/319958/








Un hombre en la cincuentena se levanta en un humilde hogar, se asea, prepara café y da de comer a su perro. Luego, aún de noche, ambos salen al campo y acompañan a su rebaño de viejas ovejas para que paste por un paisaje plano y sin árboles, de horizontes interminables, mientras el sol empieza a salir y una luz rosácea, de belleza pura, lo va invadiendo todo.
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El pastor se convierte, según avanza su metraje, en un modesto western moderno que no elude la crítica social. También tiene mucho de retrato de la España rural, dura e inclemente, pero fascinante, que tanto adoró Miguel Delibes y que retrató, con pasión y temor a la vez, en novelas como Los santos inocentes: como en ella, se analizan aquí los estratos sociales que aún se reproducen, el abuso de poder de algunos y el límite de tolerancia que tienen los oprimidos.

El film -que combina recursos narrativos y visuales de gran talento junto a otros que delatan sus escasos medios (el cineasta vuelve a rodar libremente, sin apenas presupuesto: se ha levantado el proyecto con micro mecenazgo)- tiene también algo de cine negro mientras se erige en una férrea denuncia contra esa epidemia imparable llamada codicia.

Apenas filmada con un equipo de cuatro personas (cámara, sonidista, asistente y director), El pastor contiene más verdad que monstruosas películas de millones de euros de presupuesto que arrasan en taquilla.
https://cineuropa.org/es/newsdetail/319958/








5 comentarios:

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