MATAHARIS: (2007) 95 MINUTES SPAIN D: ICIAR BOLLAIN PLAYS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH AT: 7PM; AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH AT: 9:15PM
The oldest of the detectives who share the title of MATAHARIS in this film is asked by her client (who has just observed for himself his wife and business partner’s infidelity) why people grow apart, not knowing that she has just painfully realized the life has gone out of her own marriage. She replies, “Because you stop caring, or they stop caring about you. Then one day you stop touching each other with your hands or even with words.” Multiple GOYA-winning Director Iciar Bollain has created a lovely, warm and moving film about what we think we know, versus what really happens. She shows us the lives of 3 different women investigators, one in her 40-50’s whose described above, one a wife and mother has just given birth for the second time and finds out a startling secret of her husband’s, and one up and comer seeking to advance her career whose assigned a corporate espionage case, that, of course, isn’t really that at all. They all work for a private inquiry firm in Madrid, and it’s fascinating to see how even trained detectives miss what’s right in front of them in their private lives. And which path they choose to take when faced with the fuller picture.
It’s a worthy entry for the FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA FROM SPAIN.