The Endless Trench (2019)

The Endless Trench (2019)

A cathartic meditation on isolation

7.3

Movie

Canada, France
English, Spanish
Drama, History, Thriller
2019
AITOR ARREGI, JON GARAÑO
Aitor Arregi, Antonio de la Torre, Antonio Romero
148 min

What it's about

A small village in Huelva, Andalusia, Spain, 1936. Higinio and Rosa have been married only for a few months when the Civil War breaks out. Higinio, being afraid of possible reprisals from the rebel faction, decides to use a hole dug in his own house as a temporary hideout.

The take

This historical drama opens with one of the most thrilling chase scenes in recent memory, as Higinio Blanco, the man at the center of the story, escapes government forces during the Spanish Civil War.

He goes into hiding that, without him realizing, would last 33 years. He would only emerge in a government amnesty in 1969, as would many like him across Spain.

Themes of love (Higinio was confined with his newlywed wife), solitude and fear are at the center of a story that remains thrilling even when it goes through the isolation years.

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