The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot — the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
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Un film incredibile: tesissimo, con un ritmo invidiabile e dei dialoghi fenomenali. Il personaggio di Malamadre colpisce così forte da lasciare un livido ("Di Malamadre non ride nemmeno dio"), e quello di Juan riesce a creare una forte empatia con lo spettatore, che soffre continuamente per il modo in cui il poveraccio viene spremuto perfino dalle istituzioni. **** e 1/2
A new prison guard drops in for a look-see the day before he's to start work. A riot erupts. He's trapped in the cell-block with the rioting prisoners. Nicely staged, well performed, and with a solid emotional core.
8 Goya awards at the "Spanish Oscars" was what intrigued me to watch it. The film is a powerful prison thriller, with sharp direction and atmospheric cinematography. But it is the inspiring and compelling performances of the two lead actors that really lift the film to a higher ground.