The Plague

Dir.: Neus Ballús | Spain 2013 | 85 min

In Neus Ballús's feature debut, the people living on the fringes of Spanish society are given a voice. We meet a good-natured Eastern European wrestler. A prostitute on the roadside, where her husband drops her off every day. A farmer struggling to get the dry soil to produce a crop. A dedicated Philippine home help who is homesick, and not least the weary old woman Maria, who after a long life on the farm must face up to the fact that her last days will be lived in a nursing home. 'The Plague' is a film about their lives and concerns, with stories that slowly come together. A film about whole people with real problems, namely how to get food on the table and how to find the energy to live just one more day. Their stagnation in a Europe under pressure is striking, and when the farmer's fields become invaded by lice, it is clear that this is not the only "plague" lurking. Neus Ballús's feature was made in an unconventional way. It started as a short documentary, but in the process evolved into a fiction film. Maybe fiction can after all come closer to the people it is trying to capture and portray? In 'The Plague', all roles are played by amateur actors using their own names, and it is precisely here, on the border between documentary and fiction, that the film's magic takes place.

Original Title
La Plaga
Title
The Plague
Country
Spain
Release Year
2013
Duration
85 min.
Directors
Neus Ballús
Producer
Pau Subirós
Script
Cast
Raül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí
Camera
Diego Dussuel
Sound
Pau Subirós
Editor
Neus Ballús, Domi Parra
Music
David Crespo
Production Company
El Kinògraf SL
Version
Dialogue: Catalan, Spanish, Moldavian, Ilocano, Russian English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
6
Laughs
1
Look
7
Food for thought
4