Bad particular person: Malena Alterio and Arturo Valls, the dimensions of two irrefutable comedians (***) | EUROtoday

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Trying to outline comedy is about as entertaining as gutting a joke. That or sucking a nail. It's very boring, actually. Comedy is what it’s exactly due to its means to be nothing of what we insist it’s. It just isn’t clear to me that the sentence is known, however there it’s. When we are saying {that a} comedy is clever, what we’re actually saying is that we’re those who snort. That is to say, we imagine (or fake) to outline one thing and, in reality, in an train of shameless narcissism, what we do is propaganda. In the identical means, once we say {that a} comedy is vulgar, in actuality what we try to do is conceal that, regardless of every thing, now we have laughed. Again, we divert consideration to talk not directly about ourselves. Always so pathetic, not comical.

'Bad particular person', and therefore the above, It is a comedy as a result of it’s merely unclassifiable. There isn’t any means of figuring out what makes us immediately snort at a person's terminal sickness (that's the character in Arturo Valls), whereas an unscrupulous lawyer (that is Julian Villagran) manages to rip-off him whereas dishonest on him along with his spouse (and right here, the immeasurable Malena Alterio). If we add to that the truth that every thing takes place in a suburb of a metropolis devastated by all the results of poverty and that, within the frenzy of chaos, the perfect joke is advised by a daily neo-Nazi (once more, there’s little of 1), the sensation of strangeness borders on delirium. Let's see if it’s not a comedy regardless of how humorous it’s.

As we are saying, the story is advised of a person who, confronted with the imminence of dying, decides to cease being what he has all the time been (good) and develop into what he doesn’t know be (unhealthy). He doesn’t do it to take pleasure in it extra as a result of evil is extra enjoyable or makes extra money; in reality, he does it as a result of he can’t cease being what he’s; that’s, good. He doesn’t need his household and mates to undergo when he leaves this world and, for that cause, in an train of sacrifice worthy of an existential tragedy (not a comedy), prefers to go away a really unhappy reminiscence.

The thought was a while in the past Diego San Josecreator of comedies that don't look like 'Vote Juanand others, and the director Fernando Garcia-Ruiz He carries it out with a joyful perplexity that, at instances, excites. 'Bad particular person' It advances in a tough stability between joke and insult; between scatology and excessive comedy; between social drama and private delirium; between household cinema and teenage mischief; between one's personal pleasure and the embarrassment of others. And in his step of 'bulldozer'Not even the Church (right here, an unleashed José Corbacho) is spared. “I don't give a damn about the secret of confession,” he’s heard saying from the pulpit. More than black humor in its most basic sense, we’d say that the factor is nearer to soiled humor or, higher, humor that stains not less than like life itself. Despite irregularities and rhythm imbalances (which there are), there isn’t any selection however to give up to a comedy whose fundamental attraction is that nobody would say it’s.

And then there are Malena Alterio and Arturo Valls. Nothing good about this movie would make sense with out two actors so conscious of the unconsciousness that surrounds them. As if it had been a brand new and not possible reincarnation of the couple Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon, To give a serious instance and only for the sake of it, each of them deal with themselves with a pathos that’s on a par with probably the most excellent genius, someplace between laughter and desolation, between the horrible and the disconcerting and the hilarious (sorry). The query that continues to be to be answered is: what’s comedy? Edgar Neville mentioned that it’s the means by which clever folks talk with one another. He was in all probability speaking about himself, however that's high-quality.

Directed by: Fernando García-Ruiz. Cast: Arturo Valls, Malena Alterio, Julian Villagran, Jose Corbacho, Teresa Lozano. Duration: 99 minutes. Nationality: Spain.