Isaki Lacuesta’s docufiction hybrid about the struggles of two brothers living in a poverty-stricken region on Spain’s southern coast took the award for best film at both the San Sebastian and Mar del Plata fests.
That Isaki Lacuesta is probably Spain’s most underrated film director is again confirmed by Between Two Waters, his striking, potently human follow-up to 2006’s The Legend of Time. In its use of growing people playing themselves, Waters features the same non-pros, loosely playing themselves, as 12 years ago, and thus forms part of a sequence (hopefully ongoing) that’s about as close to being a Spanish Boyhood as we’re likely to get.
Shot on film using hand-held camera throughout, Waters fuses the urgency, naturalness and empathy of insider documentary with the lightly worn artistry of well-told fiction in a primal story of masculine impotency set in a part of the world that history seems to have been abandoned. Though located within just a few square miles of southern Spain, Waters is also a powerful denunciation of social conditions at the margins everywhere, and as such merits the attention from non-Spanish markets that Lacuesta’s work has so far generally failed to achieve.
Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter