In one of many remarkable scenes out of 'Fire Will Come', the main character, Benedicta, is shown in a hollowed-out tree, staring out at the pouring rain. Director Oliver Laxe's ability to make this scene palpable demonstrates his eye for detail, that he masterfully employs to zoom in on the rich, green Spanish landscape of Galicia. You could even say that the landscape is the film's third lead, after Benedicta and her son, Amador. After having completed his prison sentence, the taciturn Amador returns to his stoic mother's home to get his life back on track. He keeps everyone at a distance, however, including a local vet whose demeanour towards him is more than friendly. Slowly but surely, a story of guilt, innocence and responsibility unfolds itself, against a backdrop of threatening nature. Laxe further uses music to pluck at the audience's heartstrings: the addition of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' to a scene that reflects on lost love and missed chances, for instance.
Creditsdirector: Oliver Laxe
producer: Mani Mortazavi
screenplay: Oliver Laxe, Santiago Fillol
Editor: Cristóbal Fernandez
Cinematography: Mauro Herce
production company: 4 A 4 Productions
More infodialogue: Gallegan
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Spain - France - Luxemburg
OLIVER LAXE: You All Are Captains (2010), Mimosas (2016), Fire Will Come (2019).
Technical Specsformat: DCP