Petra (I) (2018)

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The identity of Petra's father has been hidden from her all her life. When her mother dies, Petra embarks on a quest which leads to Jaume, a celebrated artist and a powerful, ruthless man. ... See full summary »


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  • Bárbara Lennie in Petra (2018)
  • Marisa Paredes and Joan Botey in Petra (2018)
  • Bárbara Lennie in Petra (2018)
  • Joan Botey in Petra (2018)
  • Alex Brendemühl and Bárbara Lennie in Petra (2018)
  • Jaime Rosales in Petra (2018)

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14 May 2021 | NurseBob-2
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| Evil
The old axioms do not hold true in Jaime Rosales' remarkably mean-spirited family drama, for truth holds no beauty and revenge is best supped while still lukewarm. Thirty-three year old artist Petra is searching for answers to a childhood mystery, a journey which leads to a dead end in the home of celebrated sculptor Jaume where she insinuates herself as an eager apprentice. Cozying up to Jaume's fading trophy wife Marisa and handsome son Lucas, Petra unwittingly becomes engulfed in an atmosphere of emotional cruelty which will slowly but surely lead her to the brink... Shot with a cold detachment in which even the camera wanders off its mark (often while characters are still speaking) and misery is divided into convenient chapters, Rosales underscores the film's more operatic passages with solemn chorales that hint at a divine intervention which never seems to arrive. Fine performances all around but the movie find's its dark heart in Joan Botey as Jaume, his soft-spoken grandfatherly demeanour belying a soul of pure ice and malice. Rosales may delight in pulling the rug out from under us before giving the knife one final twist, but at least he has the decency to toss us a line just before the screen fades to black.

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