A fan of foreign films, not limited to the Spanish language, I find them to be quite entertaining because of the creative scripts and delivery of the story interpreted by excellent actors. This is the case for the sci-fi comedy Extraterrestre, from Spanish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes). I love it and look forward to having the opportunity for a theatrical release as Extraterrestrial by Focus World after the film was an Official Entry at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and Austin’s Fantastic Fest, aside from screening in many other international film festivals across the world.
The actors in Vigalondo’s feature are top-notch and do an excellent job of bringing his script to life. There have been so many films of alien invasion created, but this one is hilarious, aside from being creative with few characters to keep the story going. I really enjoy the film leads, Michelle Jenner and Julián Villagrán who play Julia and Julio, respectively, as well as Raúl Cimas, who is Julia’s jealous ex-boyfriend, Carlos. It is when Julia’s eccentric neighbor, Ángel (Carlos Areces), joins in the activity related to the discovery of a giant flying saucer hovering above the city that the full on laughs started for me.
I recognize Areces from his performance in another film from Spain, The Last Circus/El Ultimo Circo (Alex de la Iglesia), that screened during Austin based Fantastic Fest 2010. His interpretation of Ángel is a great comedic one for me. I hope he is given more opportunities for U. S. viewers to see his work, as he is one that does not have to speak in order to create laughter among the audience.
Julio wakes up after a night of partying, but not in his apartment! He discovers he is still in the home of the one-night-stand, but can’t remember her name. Julia is cordial despite the awkward situation because she wants him gone. That is, until they discover the flying saucer a deserted city. This smart and funny script takes off when Julio has challenges with staying at Julia’s place, Ángel’s personality, Carlos’ eccentric nature and how to deal with the end of the world.
Extraterrestrial is available nationwide on video-on-demand, but if film fans live in select cities with initial theatrical releases including Brooklyn, NY; Seattle, WA; North Hollywood, CA; and in Austin, Texas (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- South Lamar), I highly recommend adults enjoying this film on the big screen, leaving the children to go see the animated film also opening this weekend.
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