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The Shepherd

Directed by Jonathan Cenzual Burley

Spain, 2016

HOME, 8 June 2017

The Shepherd

Do you remember those Westerns, there were an awful lot of them in days gone past, where you had a lone rancher holding out against a predatory cattle baron who wanted – for a pittance – to buy up his land?

Well, you have a modern version of that kind of Western here; and it is a superb film that keeps you on edge throughout. Besides being high in suspense, the film has an ecological thread: Anselmo, a shepherd and a man of the soil, is pitted against capital and human greed. Indeed, there is a sustained and seasonly slowburn quality to it, as in all true tragedy. Violence arises from anger, anger is somehow ineluctable.

A very fine film.