Solo Mia is a Spanish language film with English subtitles from 2001, dealing with the theme of domestic abuse.
“Solo Mia” is a Spanish language film with English subtitles from 2001, dealing with the theme of domestic abuse. The plot is relatively simple, Joaquin, an advertising executive meets and falls in love with Angela, a beautiful and charming woman.
However the relationship is doomed from the start as Joaquin is a jealous and insecure partner who eventually starts beating her up in his frustration. Angels goes to court but finds herself stonewalls by a system that favours the husband. However, Angela emerges victorious at the end in a twist that is worth waiting for.
The main protagonist is powerfully played by Paz Vega as Angela, the woman who finds herself on the receiving end of increasingly violent treatment from her husband, who professes to love her but in his intense passion and jealousy becomes unforgivably aggressive towards her. A social commentary on Spanish attitudes towards domestic violence there are few opportunities for laughs in this film, it’s more about shocks and lessons, however it is revealing that such sexism still exists in Spain, even misogyny. Sergi Lopez is also excellent as the wife beating Joaquin, showing the characters insecurity with great intelligence and sensitivity to the role, while never falling into the trap of making his behaviour excusable.
Where the film falls down is in the script. The demonstrations of domestic violence are graphic and hard hitting, intended to shock but are perhaps a little too regular and overdone. The audience is not stupid and doesn’t need the lesson that violence is unjustifiable rammed down their throats just that one more time. In fact, the point is made so unsubtly on occasions that it almost becomes laughable, seriously undermining the movie.
Javier Balaguer handles the directorial duties well though again might have shown more discretion in the editing of these scenes. Less is often more and I felt a certain lack of confidence in the repetition. However I’m sure others did not pick up on that which is after all part of the beauty of film, the wide ranging interpretations! Ac co writer however, he must share some of the blame.
That’s not to say the script is all bad, far from it, with Angela and her friend Andrea being well characterised. Joaquin is a bit too one note for my liking however, had his character been more well rounded then ultimately the films admittedly powerful central message could have been presented more subtly and to greater effect. Ultimately, “Solo Mia” is not by any means a bad film but the viewer is left with a sense of wasted potential, it could have been so much more.
Awards: Fotogramas de Plata, Sant Jordi Awards
Nominations: Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Valladolid International Film Festival, Goya Awards,Butaca Awards,Spain,Fotogramas de Plata
Awards: Fotogramas de Plata,Sant Jordi Awards
Nominations: Cinema Writers Circle Awards,Valladolid International Film Festival,Goya Awards, Butaca Awards, Spain, Fotogramas de Plata