THE WRITER’S BURROW (LA MADRIGUERA) (2016) de Kurro González
“You should take this as an opportunity”
“The Writer’s Burrow” is Kurro González’s debut film, a valencian filmmaker that has worked, until now, in televisión series as a technician.
Carlos (Francisco Conde) is a best seller autor that, after loosing his wife, can’t write anymore. Trying to make him write a new book, his Publisher will send and assistant, Caterina (Adriana Torrebejano). But when she tries to make him do different things to break his deadlock, she discovers he suffers from agoraphobia, so he won’t leave his home. From this moment Carlos will try, by all means, to make Caterina stay at home with him, locking her at this place, without escape.
Each movie tries to make us feel something, and the movies about “kidnappings” try to make the spectator feel as trapped as the character in the movie.
“The Writer’s Burrow” is a story built little by little, with no rushes; but that introduces you into the characters, making you feel the same as Caterina, achieving this “trapped” sensation mentioned before. And that’s something admirable. Many movies of this kind are so absurd that make you laugh instead of making you feel afraid. But not in this case.
I’m not going to deny that throughout the whole film you are aware about the fact that you’re watching a debut film. For exemple, at the beginning of movie, the background sound bodered me a bit although I got used after a while.
The same happens with the script, written by the director (Kurro González) and the actor who plays the main character (Francisco Conde). It has a solid idea and well developed, but in some moments a bit foreseeable.
But still, nothing of this hindered me from enjoying this suffocating movie. It acomplish to partly superimpose its defects thanks to the story and the film direction; but if there’s something that shines specially is the job made by Adriana Torrebejano.
This actress, that works for the first time in a feature film, get the everyone’s attention during all the movie, and therefore makes you participant of her own suffering. Her work in this movie is admirable, and I hope that from now on we’ll see her face more often in spanish movies.
But one more time, it’s a pity that movie has gone unnoticed in our cinemas. I could watch it on Friday 9th of December at “Cines Babel”. This day, the director introduced and released the movie in Valencia, even though the movie has been already released a week before in other cities.
As usual, independent movies has not the same power as comercial ones, and because of that we say “thank you” again to movie houses as “Cines Babel” that bring us this movies in Valencia.
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.