El País in English
Beneath the scars that have only superficially covered up the wounds left by the Spanish Civil War, many stories are hidden — enough to spawn important films such as The Spirit of the Beehive and Pan’s Labyrinth. The debut of writer-director Juan Carlos Medina, Painless (known as Insensibles in Spanish) dares to follow that path, mixing genres to deliver a dark investigation into evil.
Medina draws a parallel with what is happening in society today: the past, which often prevents us from seeing, overshadows the present. “For half a century they wanted to uncivilize us. Imagine Spain as a person, with the intellectual rigor of the Second Republic. They cut off his arms and legs and then they ask him to regenerate itself.”
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