Finisterre (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

Brothers Berto (Nancho Novo) and Mario (Enrique Alcides) grew up on Spain's Galician coast where their hippie parents settled during the '60s. Before they were grown, their father abandoned them, a trauma from which Mario has not completely recovered. Berto leaves home first, and many years pass before the brothers meet again. This sophomore feature from Galician director Xavier Villaverde recounts the brothers' reunion and search for their missing father. By the time they meet again, both siblings have accumulated troubled pasts. Mario has just finished jail time for protesting military service, while Berto has been involved in various criminal activities. Berto shows up to meet Mario with his latest lover, a very young Laura (Elena Anaya). It is not long before Mario joins them in a threesome. Later, Berto tells him that he has spent three years with their father (Cheto Lara); he then coerces Mario and Laura into accompanying him to Lisbon, Portugal where he claims their father now resides. This may or may not be a ruse to help Berto flee the country. As their journey progresses, painful truths about their pasts and childhood manifest themselves.



abandonment, brother, father, missing-person, past, search, truth