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thumbnail Fire Will Come (2020 Galicia)

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Director: Oliver Laxe
Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchez, Inazio Abrao
85 mins

A deserving prizewinner in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Oliver Laxe’s third feature studies nature and human nature with equal fascination. Viewers obsessive about spoiler alerts will be thwarted by the very title of Fire Will Come: You know exactly what climax is coming in this rustically beautiful rural parable, but its dreamy, mesmeric power lies in the waiting. An exactingly paced slow burn before it becomes a very fast one, the film follows the daily travails of a convicted pyromaniac high in a remote rural mountain village of Galicia. Middle-aged Amador has returned home to his elderly mother, Benedicta, and her three cows, having been released from prison where he served time for starting a fire that laid waste to half the town. The rhythm of life slows to a gentle hypnosis, until one night, another fire breaks out, threatening to engulf the mountains in towering blaze.

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