OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

La Banda

(Love Beats)

After three years at music school in London, Eduardo (Gonzalo Fernández) returns to his home town in Valencia for his brother’s wedding. Uncertain about his future, Edu enjoys the carefree company of his friends and former bandmates, and feels the yearning for the simple life of his youth.

Poster for the can't-go-home-again drama La BandaHe also feels the warmth of his old flame, childhood friend Alicia (Charlotte Vega) who has recently broken up with Juanma (Pepo Llopis), a member of Edu’s old band and his best friend.

The film’s dramatic tension is simple, but beautifully executed. Edu can stay in the comfort of his old life, where he could surely find love, family and community. Or he could yield to the siren song of a career in the bigger outside world. There is something particular yet universal about Edu’s dissatisfaction with both options; writer/director Roberto Bueso must have lived the dilemma himself in order to create such a nuanced, believable set of characters that populate Edu’s world.

– Bruce White, ByTowne


Spanish flag, wavingPart of the 2019 Spanish Film Festival, playing four Wednesdays in October.

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