VIFF 2019: The Realm

Spain

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      Viewers will be initially baffled by the barrage of names, faces, and places in this study of corrupt politics, based on recent events in fractured Spain. And it doesn’t help that almost everyone we meet is a self-dealing crook, willing to throw any colleague under the political or legal bus for an extra buck, or a better shot at power.

      But veteran Antonio de la Torre tears into the main role—a sharky government stalwart chosen as the best scapegoat for partywide corruption—and never lets go. The film is over two hours long, but builds to a final quarter that more than delivers on its initial promises.

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