Spanish director Antonio Chavarrías makes an appearance at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival with his thriller Dictado
Daniel receives an unexpected, and unwanted, visit from a friend who he
hasn't seen since his childhood. His friend is obsessed with his
daughter and insists that Daniel has to meet her. Daniel does his best
to get rid of him and tries to forget the incident. That same night his
friend commits suicide.
Laura, Daniel's wife, suggests they go to his friend's funeral. There
they meet his daughter, a little girl, barely seven years old, who since
the death of her father has been taken into foster care. Laura
convinces all parties that the best thing is for the little girl to go
and stay with them.
But the little girl's presence in the house starts to have an adverse
effect on the couple when fears and memories which Daniel thought he had
long since buried start to come creeping back inside his head. The same
obsessions and fears that took the life of his friend start to take
control of Daniel. A growing sense of isolation engulfs Daniel in the
house, which until the arrival of the little girl, he had thought
belonged to him.
The first trailer for this feels much more like an elegant, character based bit of work than a bang and crash sort of affair, in other words exactly the sort of thing Spanish genre cinema has excelled at in recent years. Take a look below.
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