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TIFF 2020: “The People Upstairs”


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Marriage is like a long term project that can be successful with team work. If one team member fails or shows less desire to keep going, the other one will follow suit.

Julio (Javier Camara) and Ana (Griselda Siciliani) are married for over fifteen years. They still share the same bed but go to sleep hours apart from each other. Their daily conflicts are not going anywhere. One wants to be heard, another one prefers to avoid talking. The tense relationship will boil up when Ana, in the evening, invites the upstairs neighbors over, Salva (Alberto San Juan) and Laura (Belen Cuesta).

Salva and Laura, unlike their hosts, are open with their desires, have no arguments, and can invite trusted friends over for an orgy. It is the main subject of argument for Julio and Ana on a daily basis, perhaps, not knowing anymore how to approach to each other. When the neighbors begin talking about their desires and a shocking proposal, Julia and Ana will change the tune, either because of jealousy or affection that they still have for each other.

The entire evening is a roller coaster of emotions mixed with laughter and biting dialogues. From start to end, the wickedly funny screenplay by writer/director Cesc Gay is an epitome of perfect comedy. It captures one of the biggest problems of marriage – lack of conversation and the complications it may cause. All that are being delivered with humour and moving intensity, I highly recommend you to become part of.

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