The plan (2019), by Polo Menárguez – Criticism

Account The plan the story of three men who have been stripped of their place in life, if they ever had it.

There are films that have a special anthropological value, insofar as they describe the crises of the present world through characters in which we can easily identify the consequent decline. Or, if you prefer, a certain decay, especially that which concerns men, gentlemen, certain men, who see that their place in life, if there is one or there was one, remained in a bubble that already exploded. There are many films like that, although due to the tone with which it is narrated The plan it led me to remember the very recent Litus or the not so recent I can't say goodbye, the latter with a brilliant Juan Diego in his interpretation. Either for some reasons (the immaturity of the male, or his frustration, or his existential relocation, or what could have been and was not) or for others, the case of The plan It is very much in line with the chronicle of decadent masculinity.

In addition to the mention to the director, the highlights in The plan It is the performance of the three main actors.

Account The plan the story of three men who have been stripped of their place in life, if they ever had it. Dislocated men, we could call it. Although very soon we see that this relocation is not something so punctual. That is to say: the supposed punctual cause of the suffering brings to the air a crisis that is more fundamental, more previous to the concrete facts. What I just told you is a deduction that came after watching the movie. What I mean by that is that The plan It does not contain moral lessons, but these naturally arise in the viewer when he understands the brush movement with which these characters have been brought to the screen. By the way, the director of The plan His name is Polo Menárquez, and this is his first feature film. Even with this, Polo is noticed ex officio, as he is known (and recognized) as the author of short films. That is, with this movie, The plan, Polo has decided to make the leap. I hope and wish that you will soon give us another film again, because Polo, I intuit it, will have a splendid future in the trade.

In addition to the mention to the director, the highlights in The plan It is the performance of the three main actors. There we see Chema del Barco, Antonio de la Torre and, especially, Raúl Arévalo, who is splendid in the staging of his character's existential hardship.


Synopsis Paco, Ramón and Andrade, three friends who have been unemployed since closing the company where they worked, have been left to execute a plan.
country Spain
Address Menarguez Polo
Script Menarguez Polo
Music Pablo Martín Caminero
Photography Alejandro Espadero
Distribution Raúl Arévalo, Antonio de la Torre, Chema del Barco
Gender Comedy
Duration 79 min.
Original title The plan
Premiere 02/21/2020

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