The Spanish film, Soul of Flies Review (El Alma de las Moscas) tells the story of how two strangers find family and solace in each other. The premise of the film is predicated on a father’s last wish for his sons – who do not know about each other – to finally meet, upon his funeral. The film then wastes no time; after the father’s prologue, it jumps right to the brothers (Nero and Miguel) meeting for the first time, on their way to their father’s funeral. These two characters are polar opposites, at first, one uptight and the other carefree, with only one of them trying to forge a bond with the other.
Unfortunately for them, the train station they are at is no longer in service, forcing them to find other ways to get to the funeral. Thus, the whole film take place over the journey these two men go on to get to their father’s funeral, which brings with it a colorful group of characters and some interesting situations and conversations. As the story progresses, it allows for great character development as it peels back layers of who these two men are so that you realize they both struggle with the same fear of being alone. This journey allows them to bond and they each provide a different point of view for the other. All of which allows these strangers to bond and become brothers. Even more so, the secondary stories and characters provide wonderful insight to the overarching story and messages of the film. Such as Federico, a man suffering from narcolepsy and is given a reason to stay awake when Nero and Miguel come into his life. In the end everything comes full circle for the two central characters and you’re left feeling optimistic and hopeful, knowing that these brothers have become friends; highlighting the importance of family and that with them, you are truly never alone.
This film not only provides dramatic and insightful conversations between characters, but also works to instill comedic moments, from discussing the philosophy of life to a man running around with his pants down. This enables the film to be lighthearted and silly, while still being able to have deeper, emotionally charged conversations. Some of which come through when the two men see their father’s ghost, which leads to many revelations for each of the brothers to both each other and to themselves. Not only do the story and characters resonate with me, but the film is also filled with beautiful county scenery and wonderful music.
Soul of Flies is a relatable film to all because of the many inspiring messages it delivers and forces you to reflect on your own life in many ways. It is beautifully shot and has characters whom instill many insecurities of everyday people. The only flaw that could be found is that some of the characters are too over-the-top, although this does not take much from the film.
In a few words this film can be summed up as an uplifting, insightful and heartwarming story; not only for the brothers but also for certain character they meet along the way. Thus, this film provided not only a satisfying conclusion to this story but also sage life advice to its audience on love, life, death and everything in-between.
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By turns comic, poignant, absurd and profoundly moving, beautifully shot, and featuring great performances from non professional actors, “El Alma de las Moscas” tells the story of the two sons of Evaristo de la Sierra, who never met their father, and who’s mutual existence they both ignored, until Evaristo sends them a letter inviting them to his funeral.
When the Brothers meet at a train station, where to their surprise the train hasn’t gone by in years, it is the beginning of their wanderings through barren landscapes, punctuated by chance encounters with the weird and wonderful characters that inhabit that land, such as a suicidal narcoleptic; a man with serious anger issues towards funerals; a bunch of thieving musicians and a young woman in love with the spring, who try, in one way or another, to guide them in their journey to their father’s funeral through paths made of memories, fables, solitude and dreams.
Allison Chin is currently a third year university student majoring in media studies and psychology. She enjoying watching and writing about movies and television shows and has written content for various online publications. Besides television and movies, she also enjoys designing, music, and all things digital.