17 year old Arnau is a delicate and conscientious boy. Living in his own world on the outskirts of the city of Barcelona, surrounded by nature, Arnau dedicates himself to his true passion: songbird competitions. He also rescues a wounded fox he finds by the riverside. With these companions, Arnau feels totally prepared to face what life can throw at him. After his prized goldfinch wins the championship of Catalonia, he starts saving money, starting with his prize, to hire a hotshot lawyer so he can save his mother.
His Uncle Ramon is a real character, and Arnau enjoys spending his summer days hanging out with him, especially when he takes him to the dog track and teaches him all the tricks. In the excitement of the races, Arnau sees a way to quickly make more money. But this decision will force him to confront the harsh reality of life.
Catalonian director, Marc Recha is one of European cinema’s most interesting filmmakers. He is just 33 and has three features under his belt: El Cielo Sube – Heaven Rises (1991), El Arbol de Las Cerezas (The Cherry Tree – 1998), Pau i el seu germa (Pablo and his Brother – 2000). The fourth, Les Mains Vides (Empty Hands) is set in the south of France, close to the border with Catalonia, is still in production. Recha’s CV is quite a surprise: he began his film career at 14 and has made numerous short films. Recha won a scholarship to study cinema and directed his first feature at 21: it was screened in Locarno and Venice. Seven years later he won the FIPRESCI Award in Locarno for The Cherry Tree. His third feature, Pablo and His Brother was selected for competition in Cannes.
Recha’s points of reference are obvious and they range from Rossellini to Kiarostami, Bresson and Godard. “Audiences have changed and so has the way we produce films. But the filmmaker’s eye has never changed… read more
I found it difficult to watch the scene where the boy takes his disappointment and anger out on the fox he had tamed. Hope that what I saw was somehow simulated and that all these animals didn't really have to die, "art for art"'s sake.
Como podem falar que essse filme é sensível, que fala sobre a inocência e utopia de um jovem, sendo que a cena final desse filme estúpido foi a coisa mais monstruosa que já vi na vida?! Completamente sem noção e falta de sensibilidade total de quem escreveu essa merda e quiz fazer disso um filme. Quem acha que o filme é bom só pode ser mais um pseudo intelectual ou gosta de ver tortura de animais.