August Days

Is it ok if I plagiarize my own entry from Worldfilm?

From Spain, Marc Recha’s August Days is one of those quiet, unassuming movies you’re likely to see at festivals and nowhere else. The film concerns two brothers, one of them Recha himself, who take a road trip into the Catalanian hinterlands, where they find traces of the Spanish Civil War, walk in dried-out riverbeds, and meet a number of peculiar characters, including a larcenous flamenco dancer, unhelpful Germans, and a legendary catfish. The suspended textures and hypnotic sounds of the summer countryside are every bit as important as the sparse narrative, and August Days is at once entrancing and maddening, especially if you haven’t had lunch yet.

August Days. Marc Recha, 2006. **

[tags]film, nyff, spain, road movie, 2 stars, catfish[/tags]