Hector (1984)

Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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An excellent performance by the lead actor, Ovidi Montllor as Hector, does not help the unremittingly pessimistic view of life presented in this film about an abused young man and his solitary existence as a farmer in a remote part of Valencia in southwestern Spain. (For verisimilitude, the dialogue is in Spanish and a regional dialect called Alcoyano.) The other farmers are getting out while they can to look for work elsewhere, but not Hector who in spite of being regularly beaten by his father, stays to tend his goats and take care of his grandmother. Although Hector is almost seduced in one sequence, his choice to remain here does not seem reasonable, and leads to even more tragedy in his already bleak life.



abuse, family-abuse, isolation