'House on Fire': darkish and humorous parody of a household of the Catalan bourgeoisie | Culture | EUROtoday

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The discreet appeal of the Mediterranean house evokes a sure formal purity: the white of the partitions, the style for craftsmanship, open areas and light-weight lamps, such because the Milá or the Coderch. This is the idyllic setting of Burning home, the brand new movie by Barcelona director Dani de la Orden, a fierce parody, as darkish as it’s humorous, a couple of mom from the Catalan bourgeoisie dealing with her mature life and her household.

The sale of the Cadaqués home is the set off for a household entanglement written by Eduard Sola, who writes a script as deep as it’s agile in regards to the dysfunctionality of a household by which every little thing appeared to stream simply. The forged is led by an impressive Emma Vilarasau, within the position of a girl whose deep loneliness and despair will emerge among the many comedian and absurd conditions carried out by her household. Of the order (Barcelona, ​​summer season evening, Crazy for her) The movie attracts gold from its actors: from the hilarious ex-husband performed by Alberto San Juan to the spoiled, amorous artist son performed by Enric Auquer or the bossy, egocentric and cynical daughter performed splendidly by María Rodríguez Soto. They and their respective companions (Clara Segura, Macarena García, José Pérez-Ocaña) create a double-edged image: the proper postcard of the Costa Brava reworked into hell.

Emma Vilarasau, in 'House on Fire'.
Emma Vilarasau, in 'House on Fire'.

The movie reveals its playing cards from the start, when a sinister secret hits the sunshine comedy rhythm that surrounds the story. It is the primary of many lies or half-truths that nobody is free from. Without falling into extra gravity at any time, not even in its remaining catharsis, Burning home It's playful in one of the best sense of the phrase, maybe as a result of household dramas all the time have some (horrible) playfulness in them.

As was the case with the current Home, movie by Alex Montoya impressed by the novel of the identical title by Paco Roca, what brings the scattered household collectively is the sale—and farewell—of the clan's summer season house. But if nostalgia, the reminiscence of the daddy and his backyard, centered Home, There is hardly any room for idealised reminiscence right here. However, each movies have a standard driving pressure: brick, the prosaic coronary heart of a tradition that, exterior of the nation, revolves across the after-dinner dialog, but additionally across the hidden and fewer flattering energy of property and deeds.

Beyond the category variations between the 2, in Burning home The portrait of the Mediterranean (bourgeois) household is way more caustic: the paradise of childhood because the scene of the worst grownup miseries. He doesn’t spare the grotesque portrait of the Order, however he nearly all the time paints it with measured intelligence.

Debunking the well-known quote from Anna Karenina —“All happy families are similar to each other, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”— right here unhappiness can be most recognizable, as a result of nobody is free from being egocentric and capricious, because of the inevitable anchoring in humor. or by the cussed denial of actuality. Burning home doesn’t save anybody, beginning with the mom determine herself. Although the household and emotional catastrophe of this correct movie finds in its surprising pleased ending a spot of their very own the place everybody will get what they deserve.

Burning home

Address: Dani of the Order.

Interpreters: Emma Vilarasau, Alberto San Juan, Enric Auquer, María Rodríguez Soto, Macarena García, Clara Segura.

Gender: tragicomedy. Spain, 2024.

Duration: 105 minutes.

Premiere: June 28.

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