The Mosquito Net

The Mosquito Net

(La mosquitera)
Agustí Vila / E, 2010
Spanish version / Czech and English subtitles, 95 min

“This is one of the three best scripts I have ever read” – Geraldine Chaplin pays tribute to the third film by the Catalan writer-director, who cast the actress in the silent role of María, an Alzheimer’s sufferer. The director himself adds: “I didn’t want her to say a single word in the film. Just like her father”. Luis, María’s fifteen-year-old grandson, doesn’t say very much either; he shuts himself off in his own silent world to escape his parent’s marital crisis, spending time instead picking up stray cats and dogs off the street. His father, Miguel, wants to put a stop to this eccentric behaviour, but his protective mother Alice indulges him. Nevertheless, the animals begin to appear at home in increasing numbers, making life complicated for the family in their flat.... “The characters in the film believe that the only thing they should be afraid of are the mosquitoes. They are convinced that if they set boundaries in their lives, they’ll achieve happiness. Except that happiness stagnates, it’s like standing water. And stagnant water starts to become putrid. That’s when the mosquitoes could turn into wolves”, says director Agustí Vila of his film.

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