[Last Film I Saw] Eva (2011)

Title: Eva
Year: 2011
Language: Spanish, Catalan
Country: Spain
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director: Kike Maíllo
Sergi Belbel
Cristina Clemente
Aintza Serra
Martí Roca
Evgueni Galperine
Sacha Galperine
Cinematography: Arnau Valls Colomer
Daniel Brühl
Marta Etura
Alberto Ammann
Claudia Vega
Anne Canovas
Lluís Homar
Sara Rosa Losilla
Rating: 5.7/10

A Febiofest screening of this 12 Goya Awards nominated film (with 3 minor wins, includes a BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR win for Lluís Homar, an interesting pick, and a NEW DIRECTOR win for Kike Maíllo), a so-called robot drama has its own glossy moments with a snazzy demeanor of the artificial intelligence simulation gambits (from an engrossing opening credit, an extremely cute robot cat, an efficient robo-servant, Mr. Homar it is, with an adjustable intelligence range). But a prototype of sentimental love triangle gives away its cheeky bathos, eventually all the zeal gathered in the first half falls flat, noticeably with an unexplained motivation of Adam’s escape from the previous scientific project. So all the rekindled chemistry is just as willful and affected as some TV-drama schlock.

How the director tackles with the intriguing human Vs. machine topic? A father-daughter affinity is equivocally evocative and claimed to be the best the whole team behind could conspire. With a cutting-edge technology advance located in the unknown future, the film itself is clearly outdated with a least-favored 1990’s narcissism in its histrionic screenplay.

The opening sequence has betrayed the imminent repercussion in an unwise way, the so-called secrecy of the film has been hinted several times and brainily doubted in a bathtub scene, which could be the only spark in the plot. The cast is doing well considering nothing extraordinary is laid there, with regard to Homar’s winning, a career-achievement accomplishment is the only reasonable speculation by far.

A tangible moment arrives when David Bowie’s Space Oddity which is thrillingly fitting for the whole scenery being played during a bar scene, after that, the film leaps into an abyss of sloppiness and bereft of novelty and it’s a point of no return.


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