‘The last spring’: delayed life in the Cañada Real | Culture


Televisión Española broadcast between 1978 and 1988 the program Live each day a docudrama directed by the journalist José Luis Rodríguez Puértolas that, in many ways, approached the social reality of his time from an orbit and style very close to some of the documentaries that today triumph at festivals. Perhaps with the difference that in those years the space became a very popular title, and the current cinematographic approaches are far from reaching the majority.

Times have changed and what was considered common then now seems avant-garde, but its virtues remain intact. The last spring, docudrama by the German (with a Spanish father) Isabel Lamberti about a family from the Cañada Real, as shown: camera a few feet from their characters; become natural in your daily life; drama without impostures but also with previous plans in the composition of the sequences, especially in which there is interconnection with people outside their home; landing on the truth of life from strategies halfway between the (re) construction with a previous script and the documentary, with which a kind of hyperrealistic fiction is reached where the interpreters they are themselves; story without value judgments about the attitudes of the protagonists and about their social situation; Little or no information about the family’s past and present, about its financial and personal ins and outs.

The set, awarded with the New Directors award at the San Sebastian Festival, is a film that, together with the latest events in the Cañada Real, with the controversy over power cuts, is being watched with growing interest; with which he grants the deferred life of a group – his last spring before the eviction and the transfer to another apartment – which, in addition, moves away from the archetype of the local inhabitants.


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