A tense, hard and brilliant film
Northern Spain, late 70's, the hottest summer in recent years. "Norman"(Paddy Considine) and "Lucy" (Virginie Ledoyen) are an English couplenot at its best moment. A holiday with some friends, "Paul" (GaryOldman) and "Isabel" (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) happens to be the solution.Far from London, what begins as an idyllic weekend of hunting in natureand farmhouse recently bought by "Paul", not just the way they want.The cultural clash with the locals led by "Paco" (Lluis Homar) and thechance encounter of an abandoned house, triggered a spiral of violencebetween them.
"Backwoods" is a great movie. Definitely a big "debut" of directorKoldo Serra promises to be a great director, and his future films willconfirm what "Backwoods" and makes it quite clear. The film avoids theinvasion of planes that abounds in much of the film today. Serra usesmany long shots, showing a leisurely narrative pace. Generationalrenewal is cinema in Spain, with directors like Koldo Serra, JA Bayona,D. Nacho Sánchez Arévalo or Vigalondo
They are directors who bring a new way of understanding cinema,influenced by comics, fantasy films, horror, and largely by Americancinema, and "Backwoods", brings us back to the fantastic film(American) seventies , which are appreciated touches of "Deliverance"1972, "Straw Dogs" 1971, "The Wild Bunch" 1969 ....
We are facing a tense film, tough, brilliant in many moments, with someaspect of western, with the grand finale with Alex Angulo.
Gary Oldman acts admirably, and the cast who plays Spanish villagers dosuperbly (Lluis Homar excels in his performance). The interpretation ofAitana Sanchez-Gijon is not very remarkable despite being a goodactress.
Although it is a film that has gone unnoticed, is a good example ofinteresting films that sometimes made in Spain.