11 March 2019 | ma-cortes
Gorgeous Spanish/Argentina co-production with wonderful outdoors and marvellous animals
The Lighthouse of the Orcas (Spanish: El faro de las orcas) is a 2016 Argentinean/Spanish drama film well directed by Gerardo Olivares , being released on December 16, 2016. Beto Bubas (Joaquín Furriel) is a loner man who works as a watcher on an isolated location in Peninsula Valdes . Then , there takes place the arrival of Lola , a Spanish mother (Maribel Verdú) with an autistic child , Tristán (Joaquín Rapalini) , both of whom go away from Madrid , Spain , to Argentina and finding outstanding
surprises . They go to a marvelous place to dream and looking for Beto after both watch him in a documentary about whales or Orcas . Desperate, Lola asks for help Beto in order to make a therapy for her 11 years old son Tristán , hoping that his isolation caused by the autism can be overcome . Reluctant at the beginning , Beto agrees to help Tristán . As days go by, in the same way that Beto's chief attempts to fire him in the belief that Orcas are perilous killers whales , Lola realizes about a family trouble in Spain and them Lola and Beto fall in love .
Sensitive and enjoyable story with ecological message , brief description about Argentinean social habits , including local dancings , and an attractive love story in which a couple learns about the feelings between them. The plot is plain and simple : In trying to help her son find an emotional connection, a mother travels with her autistic son to Patagonia to meet a ranger and wild orcas . Here stars a disturbing mother for her autist son who early though slowly begins to express emotions, and a lonely rebel ranger who attempts to heal him , while defying the rules that prevent touching Orcas and swimming them . As filmmaker camerawork shoots gorgeous sea landscapes , and blue Ocean , in fact director Olivares has been travelling to places like North Cape in Norway or the Artic Circle and this Peninsula Valdes' National Park (Chubut, Argentina) . Being based on a true story about Roberto "Beto" Bubas , a ranger in Chubut, Patagonia Argentina , it is well shown in the final scenes , in documentary style , including the Killing Whales or Orcas , the only ones that cause emotional responses in the little boy . Maribel Verdú gives a decent acting , as usual , as a mummy looking to help her son to connect with his emotions . Joaquin Furriel is acceptable as a watcher who spends his days watching orcas , seals and sea lions in the sea , and helping Lola'son to connect , live and feeling by sailing along the coast on a boat to meet orcas . They are nice accompanied by a good support cast as Ana Celentano as Marcela , Ciro Miró as Manolo and the prodigy child Joaquín Rapalini or Quinchu Rapalini as Tristán
It packs a colorful and charming cinematography by Oscar Durán , shot on location in Peninsula Valdés . As well as a rousing and touching musical score by Pascal Gaigne . The motion picture was professionally directed by Gerardo Olivares . This film was nominated in Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2017 , Nominee CEC Award Best Actress : Maribel Verdú and Best Adapted Screenplay : Gerardo Olivares , Lucía Puenzo , Sallua Sehk . Gerardo has collaborated with some channels like TVE -Spanish Television-, Discovery Channel and National Geographic . Since 2006, Gerardo Olivares changes the documentaries for fiction movies and he will be known for La Gran Final (2006), 14 Kilómetros (2007) , Entrelobos (2010) and 4 Latas (2018) with Jean Reno . In his life, Gerardo Olivares has been in more than 100 countries and filmed over than 80 documentaries. All this has been collected in his documentaries, sold all over the world for the most important television channels. The movie will appeal to lovers of the nature and animals . Rating : 6.5/10 . Better than average Well worth seeing . Essential and indispensable watching for Nature lovers and sea animals enthusiasts .