Spain

International men of mediocrity: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba edition.
Sean Penn is serious. He’s a serious actor, a respected director and a politician with two Academy Awards under his belt (for Milk and Mystic River). It’s surprising then, to see him buffed, bronzed and rippling with veiny muscles in his first...
One woman’s gruelling, ponderous journey through Nepal.
An idealistic young Spanish woman heads to the Himalayas to teach poor kids and to try to improve their lives while battling local customs and prejudices, corruption and bureaucratic hurdles in Icíar Bollaín’s Kathmandu Lullaby. In its...
Ominous crime thriller has horror at its heart.
Spanish filmmakers have held unusual sway over genre films this century, extending from Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others through to the effective recent debut of Guillem Morales with Julia’s Eyes. They’ve worked a sharp, if sometimes camouflaged,...
Self-styled parody breaks out in hives.
CANNES: Pedro Almodovar bites off a bit more than he can chew in his camp psychodrama of Frankenstein proportions, The Skin I Live In. Ostensibly about a mad scientist and his magnificent obsession, the film explores notions of beauty, gender,...