The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino)

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A gripping political thriller led by Antonio de la Torre's solid central performance, The Candidate demands -- and rewards -- the audience's rapt attention.

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The Candidate (aka The Realm) is an award-winning Spanish nail-biter from the producers of The Secret in their Eyes and Dogman. Manuel (Antonio de la Torre), an influential regional politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business, had everything in his favour to take the leap into national politics. However, as a leak involving him in a corruption scandal threatens to break his entire party, he becomes trapped in a struggle for survival.

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Critic Reviews for The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (2)

  • Non-Spanish speaking viewers will have no problem relating, although the thriller aspect of the film eventually undermines its lofty ambitions.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • With the charismatic Antonio de la Torre at Manu, driving the film through the low life politicians living the high life, the film is saved from too confusing a plot.

    February 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A whip-smart, razor-sharp and fiercely contemporary political thriller, shot cinematically with gripping urgency.

    November 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sorogoyen paints an uncomfortable and disturbing portrait of a political class without any scruples or moral compass. [Full Review in Spanish]

    October 6, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • A frenetic, overwhelming thriller. [Full review in Spanish]

    October 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An interesting political thriller. [Full Review in Spanish]

    October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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