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The Endless Trench

2019 - SPANISH - MOVIE

DramaActionAdventureThriller

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  • Jini Score
    79%
  • Critics Score
    76%
  • Rating
    7.2/10
  • Jini Score
    79%
  • Critics Score
    76%
  • Rating
    7.2/10
accessibleeffectiveinterestingphilosophizingfertile
1936. In a little and remote inland town of Andalusia (south to Spain), Higinio is a tailor and a town councilor who has recently got married to Rosa. After the outbreak of Spanish Civil War by General Franco's coup d'etat, Higinio hides in his own house awaiting the right moment to escape with his wife but is caught in his attempt by his neighbor, Gonzalo, who blames Higinio for his brother's death and is looking for revenge him. Captured by Franco's soldiers, Higinio is driven along with other opposition prisoners by truck to a nearby prison, but the unwitting distraction from one of the prisoners gives him a chance to escape and runs across the town to his house where he is to remain hidden in a secret bunker as long as the war lasts. In the meantime, Gonzalo pays his wife occasional visits in the belief that she knows his whereabouts, sometimes torturing her to extract a confession. When the war comes to an end in 1939, Higinio learns from Rosa that Franco is now the ruler of Spain and that there is a reward for capturing him as well as other insurgents. After one of her father-in-law's visit, Rosa and he succeed in moving Higinio into his father's house in the hope that he helps them escape. But to their surprise Higinio's father dies of natural causes and Rosa inherits and moves into her in-law's house with Higinio as the secret occupant, who is unable to leave for fear of being killed by Franco's police forces. He, nevertheless, offers a helping hand from the hideout to his wife who has taken charge of her late father-in-law's sewing shop. But with time troubles increase: Rosa is molested and forced by Rodrigo, a young Civil Guard and one of her regular customers, causing that Higinio kills him and burying the body, and that a few months later Rosa tells Higinio that she's pregnant of a son who is to be called Jaime. Despite Higinio's opposition, unsure of the paternity of the child, Rosa abandons Higinio for a few months to visit her sister in order to hide her pregnancy to the rest of the town. Alone in the house, Higinio surprises the local postman with his male lover after they break into his theoretically empty house which they intend to use as their love nest. The three of them befriend and promise to keep their mutual secrets. When in 1945 World War II ends, Higinio's hopes for Allied Forces defeating Franco's Regime and freeing the country gradually vanish, he decides to continue his seclusion for years to come, in a surrounding of daily fear and paranoia, where Jaime is forced to say that he is Rosa's nephew and that his parents died when he was a baby. With the house turned into a big cell, Higinio and Rosa's relationship deteriorates due to decades of isolation, guilt and shame. In 1963, Jaime rises up as an idealist young man and, tired of a life of fear and terror, welcomes a friend at home who is wanted by Franco's police forces and introduces him to his father who learns that there are many others like him in hiding. At the same time, Jaime confronts his parents about the life he has had and an determined Gonzalo keeps visiting Rosa's sewing shop still tormented by his brother death, obsessed with the idea of king revenge and kill Higinio at any cost. But then, in 1969, Higinio's life changes after he hears a special news on the radio. Written by Chockys The Endless Trench is a 2019 Spanish-language Drama film featuring Antonio De La Torre, Bel N Cuesta, Belén Cuesta, Vicente Vergara, José Manuel Poga, Emilio Palacios and Patrick Boylan. Irusoin in association with Moriarti Produkzioak, La Claqueta PC and Manny Films. were the production houses involved in the project along with executive producer(s) Xabier Berzosa, I Aki Gomez and I Igo Obeso. The Endless Trench is written by Luiso Berdejo and Jose Mari Goenaga and it is directed by Jon Gara O, Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga. The Endless Trench was released on 28th February 2020. Cinematography was done by Javi Agirre Erauso and editing by Laurent Dufreche and Ra l L pez. The music was composed by Pascal Gaigne.

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Release Date28 FEB 2020
Run Time147 MINUTES
Language

Spanish, Turkish

Genre

Drama, Action, Adventure

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The Endless Trench Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : 5.0/5

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Positive Review Rating : 80%

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  • Yet the imposing dourness of the title doesnt quite reflect the accessible, involving and emotionally full blooded domestic melodrama behind it, made with the same hearty sensitivity that directors... ( Read More )
  • This apparent shoehorning in of contemporary themes feels surprisingly natural. ( Read More )
  • Its fertile thematic ground, but as in most survival movies, showy feats of filmmaking take precedence over insight or revelation. ( Read More )
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    But in its quest for heady philosophizing, it doesnt quite engage our emotions, nor does it wind its suspense tight enough to broach Hitchcockian territory. ( Read More )
  • The Endless Trench efficiently transmits the climate of oppression and paranoia experiences by the protagonists. ( Read More )
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Awards for The Endless Trench
  • Goya Awards
    5 WON
    31 NOMINATIONS
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival
    13 WON
    26 NOMINATIONS
  • ASECAN
    8 WON
    19 NOMINATIONS
  • Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
    0 WON
    13 NOMINATIONS
  • The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema
    0 WON
    12 NOMINATIONS
  • Feroz Awards, ES
    1 WON
    10 NOMINATIONS
  • Días de Cine Awards
    4 WON
    8 NOMINATIONS
  • Spanish Actors Union
    1 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • José María Forqué Awards
    1 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS
  • Fotogramas de Plata
    0 WON
    4 NOMINATIONS