Weathering (2019), by Benito Zambrano – Review

The story that Benito Zambrano tells us in Outdoor is very much in line with what he told us in that memorable and outstanding movie called Alone: violence and sadism in everyday relationships.

From Benito Zambrano, a director who lacks little, unfortunately for the cinephile who writes to them, comes to us Outdoor, a film set in 1946, in the middle of the Spanish postwar period. However, what counts in it could have been perfectly set at any other previous time (and even later). What I mean by that is that the story he tells would be perfectly valid in, for example, the twentieth century, in the nineteenth, in the eighteenth, and so on. And, even, in the XXI, although with the participants dressed in tie, or heel, or flip flops. What I mean by that is that the Spanish postwar period is just a scenario, in which a story that repeats and repeats itself takes place, following Arturo Pérez-Reverte's way of thinking. That is, there is a character in people who repeats, although the historical context evolves in their appearances. For example: the tyranny that is exposed in the film does not come from the consequences of the Civil War, but, rather, it was war that removed certain character traits from the closet that have been perpetuated from one generation to another.

There are insufficiently credible things, unimportant details (or not). The problem is that they are too obvious, especially in the last third of the film.

The story that Benito Zambrano tells us in Outdoor is very much in line with what he told us in that memorable and outstanding movie called Alone: violence and sadism in everyday relationships. Yes in Alone the framework was formed by the relationship between a mother and a daughter, the scenario that serves as a pretext in Outdoor This is the case of a child who escapes the emotional dryness in which he lives. The boy, aged 11 or 12, decides to leave an environment as arid as the landscape that sets it. We are in Andalusia, in a desert, considered in every way. There we see the meek people, and the foremen who act under the command of the chief, exploiting and mistreating the humble and poor of solemnity. The child, seeing the panorama, runs away, in search of a horizon. Along the way he meets the character that Luis Tosar embodies, who will make him a surrogate father. I must say that Luis Tosar is fine, acting effortlessly, very much in his line. Luis Tosar's character fits so well with the character, that it doesn't shine. Who does shine is the boy, played by the young actor Jaime López, who is the true star of Outdoor. And it is his performance that brings gold to the film.

I would say the same about the rest of the cast
what I just told you about Luis Tosar. Everyone is great and natural
in its performance. Oh, and notice that Luis Callejo, the actor who personifies the
capo, has an amazing resemblance to Steve Buscemi. I even thought that
it was this one (in the first scene in which he intervenes, I was surprised by the
similar).

But not everything is gold in Outdoor. There are insufficiently credible things, unimportant details (or not). The problem is that they are too obvious, especially in the last third of the film. But as they are unimportant details, and I very much appreciate the honesty and talent of Benito Zambrano, I will put a score a little lower than what I would put Alone, because this is a much more refined and perfect product. I invite you to review it, because Benito's talent shines in her as much as gold.


Synopsis A boy who has escaped from his village hears the cries of the men who seek him. What remains before him is an endless and arid plain that he must cross if he wants to definitively move away from the hell he is fleeing from. Given the stalking of his persecutors at the service of the town foreman, his steps will be crossed with those of a pastor who offers him protection and, from that moment, nothing will be the same for either of them.
country Spain
Direction Benito Zambrano
Script Pablo Remón, Daniel Remón, Benito Zambrano
Music Mikel Rooms
Photography Pau Esteve Birba
Distribution Luis Tosar, Luis Callejo, Jaime López, Vicente Romero, Manolo Caro, Kandido Uranga, Mona Martínez, Miguel Flor De Lima, Yoima Valdés, María Alfonsa Rosso, Adriano Carvalho, Juanan Lumbreras, Carlos Cabra
Gender Western
Duration 103 min.
Original title Outdoor
Premiere 11/22/2019

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