Quemar las naves

Quemar las naves

Burn the bridges

DVD - 2008 | Spanish
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Sebastián and Helena are two teenagers who live with their dying mother. On the death of their mother and the arrival of Juan, a lower class teenager, a painful clash is unleashed between the brother and sister about life, love and family.
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : DistriMax, [2008]
Branch Call Number: WLAN SPA DVD 791.4372 QUE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Burn the bridges


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Dec 27, 2014

Sebastian and Helena are teenage siblings living in a crumbling mansion with their terminally ill bedridden mother. While the maid cooks and cleans the kids have little to do other than play silly games and make sure their mom is comfortable. It would also appear that their relationship is closer than it should be. It’s not until the death of their mother that things begin to change. Not only do they have to deal with the disposition of her possessions, but the question of what to do with the house looms over their heads....should they continue to live in their childhood home, or sell it and use the money to start new lives of their own. “Bridges” is a film about the often conflicting passions of youth. It captures two young people as they take their first small steps towards adulthood, abandoning a comfortable insular existence for the exciting, though frightening uncertainties outside the walls of their estate. While Sebastian yearns to break free, he’s unsure as to how to go about it until an outside love interest provides the necessary catalyst. Helena, on the other hand, finds herself slipping into the role of matriarch left vacant by their mother. She vainly tries to keep the outside world at bay but, like the ants that continually enter the home despite poison traps, reality cannot be ignored forever. Franco highlights the ambiguities of adolescence with remarkable insight. He shows how the process of becoming responsible for oneself can be a scary ordeal. He also reveals that moment in every child’s life when they begin to realize that authority figures are human and therefore fallible. Not a great film....it could use some polish and better editing.....but for a debut effort it hints at better things to come.

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