Goodbye (2019), by Paco Cabezas – Review

The film is divided into three acts, such as a play about regret and revenge. Stresses the role of Carlos Bardem.

Paco Cabezas returns to the national cinema after the acclaimed series Penny Dreadful (2014) and American gods (2017); or not so well received Mr. Right (2015). His desire was to return to Seville to tell a story of international projection, with Mario Casas at the head of the cast – after both coincide in 2010 to Neon meat-. Already in Group 7 (2012), Casas played a similar family role, although it was part of the police side.

In this film, Cabezas studies Juan's cosmos, a character of those who spend their lives entering and leaving prison. Juan belongs to the Santos family, which has an almost military family structure: a permanent mourning matriarch -Mona Martínez-, a life-dependent and dependent brother, and a somewhat manipulative uncle. Played by a Vicente Romero who settles his role in the criminal plot along with his recent work in the series Malaka.

Natalia de Molina gives life to the wife, Triana, and is the true star of this film with those motherly and suffered scenes. He is the most tortured and earthly character, in addition, he maintains consistency with the weather of the sequence. While her husband focuses on revenge without going through mourning, so skips a movie toll.

Goodbye It has the support of Sony and TVE, but it will surely have a criticism similar to the series Plague, the accent.

This may be just another type of denial, thus leading the viewer by the hand directly to the third act where the action is unlinked. Triana is against Juan mixing criminal and family life; and is supported by the police – interpreted by Ruth Díaz – who empathizes with her situation. Diaz's character maintains a rigid ethic, even though this confronts his teammates.

The film is divided into three acts, such as a play about regret and revenge. Goodbye It also considers a plot of corruption where the role of Carlos Bardem stands out, which is accentuated with a scene with Salva Reina – this is also part of Malaka-. The common scenario for both sides is the shabby neighborhood of 3,000 homes, full of alleyways, shacks and black commerce, a situation reproduced in many cities in the country.

Its population is the most plentiful of society: frustrated, surviving, forgotten, indifferent families; but also victims of addiction. Although these characters are not brushstrokes from pessimism but from unity and pride. Unity against authority, of course.

Cabezas maintains this cadence and general feeling, despite the social helplessness, is reflected in that permanent graffiti: ‘3,000 wonders’, as the sign that welcomes Las Vegas. In addition to these familiar scenes of dancing and singing around a campfire or a game between father and children. Goodbye It has the support of Sony and TVE, but it will surely have a criticism similar to the series Plague, the accent. That southern accent that bothers the national public so much, which is a reason for laughter that is understandable and meaningful. A dialect that is sometimes imposed on the protagonist of the film.


Synopsis Juan, a third-degree prisoner and father, obtains a permit to attend his daughter's communion in Seville. But the accidental death of the girl uncovers a whole network of police corruption and drug trafficking, and the case ends up in the hands of Eli, an inspector who will have to deal with the suspicions of a police sector and the girl's father, who wants Take justice on your own.
Direction Paco Heads
Script José Rodríguez, Carmen Jiménez, Paco Cabezas
country Spain
Distribution Mario Casas, Natalia de Molina, Ruth Díaz, Carlos Bardem, Vicente Romero, Mona Martínez
Gender Thriller
Duration 111 min.
Original title Goodbye
Premiere 11/22/2019

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