El Planeta (Amalia Ulman, 2021)


Location: Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater

El Planeta
(Amalia Ulman, 2021, 79 min, Spain, in English and Spanish with English subtitles, B&W, DCP)

Multidisciplinary artist Amalia Ulman describes her first film as "a comedy about eviction." Set sometime after the 2008 recession in Gijón, Spain, El Planeta depicts a mother and daughter careening towards homelessness yet keeping up appearances by scamming, shoplifting, skipping out on dinner bills, and otherwise practicing plain denial. The delightful co-stars - director Amalia and her real-life mother Ale - exude a breezy chemistry as the calamities and humiliations mount. Pitched somewhere between a 30's screwball and a 90's indie, El Planeta is a thoroughly entertaining depiction of two women wryly enduring the aftershocks of economic crisis. (JS)

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Image of 2 women in a hair salon, from EL PLANETA

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