La Comunidad (2000)

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I recently watched a Spanish film called La Comunidad. It was very good. I heard from my teacher before I watched it that, “Spanish film is all about drugs, sex and violence and that everything that is rejected in Hollywood goes to Spain.” But that is actually not true. I found this movie at least to be very deep.

The film concentrates on the life of a woman who tries to sell apartments. She eventually starts living in the apartment that she is trying to sell because no one wants to buy it. There seems to be something wrong with the building because the neighbors are always acting very strange. She eventually finds that the man above her is dead in his apartment and that he also has a fortune hidden there. It turns out that he won the lottery with the help of the neighbors but did not share with them when he got the prize money. So they watched his apartment night and day. He never came out for fear that they would kill him and eventually he died. Now the woman has the money which he died for and the neighbors know it. She has to figure out a way to escape La Comunidad (the community).

The film is directed by Alex de la Iglesia who is one of the most famous Spanish film directors.

The movie had several prevalent themes such as greed and pride. The neighbors are so greedy as to kill for the money. The main character (Julia) eventually has to overcome her desire and greed at the end of the movie.

The movie also has some comedic relief within all the violence and tension. There is a boy who everyone believes to be retarded who always walks around in a Darth Vadar costume. It is very funny to see how that plays a major role at the end of the film.

I would rate La Comunidad around a 3.5. It was a good movie but some parts were just so weird and gross that I don’t think it was quite great.

I will hopefully post photos of my recent trips around Europe soon and I hope that everyone has a good day.

Drew A.

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