Screen/Society--"El Planeta" (Amalia Ulman, 2021)


"El Planeta"
(Amalia Ulman, 2021, 79 min, Spain, in English and Spanish with English subtitles, B&W, DCP)

Multidisciplinary artist Amalia Ulman describes her first film as "a comedy about eviction." Set sometime after the 2008 recession in Gijón, Spain, "El Planeta" depicts a mother and daughter careening towards homelessness yet keeping up appearances by scamming, shoplifting, skipping out on dinner bills, and otherwise practicing plain denial. The delightful co-stars - director Amalia and her real-life mother Ale - exude a breezy chemistry as the calamities and humiliations mount. Pitched somewhere between a 30's screwball and a 90's indie, "El Planeta" is a sardonic, thoroughly entertaining depiction of two women wryly enduring the aftershocks of economic crisis.


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