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The Motive (El autor) (2017)

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Álvaro is a poor man trapped by his obsession: to write 'high literature'. He attends the typical writing courses and workshops provided by any non-talented 'guru'. But, actually, he has no talent. Maybe his wife isn't talented either, but she has just written a best-seller. The divorce is inevitable. In his new life, after moving alone to a small flat, he writes for the first time about real characters: his own neighbors. His writing teacher encourages him because for the first time the description of his characters is real, but he also warns him about the need of conflict: without conflict there's no story, no action, no life. Álvaro, obsessed with this idea, starts provoking these conflicts. It doesn't matter if he has to fuck the doorwoman, make his immigrant neighbor become unemployed, manipulate or deceive a lonely old man. Planning all the conspiracy for a possible murder doesn't let him see that, in fact, he is the real victim.

Cast

Adelfa Calvo
as La Portera
Rafael Téllez
as Sr. Montero
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Critic Reviews for The Motive (El autor)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Cuena's neutral tone does little to maximize the black comedy or suspense in the story, making for a film with a great hook that plays as just a mildly outré divertissement.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

A high-risk shot at a screen adaptation of a novel within a novel, The Motive is entertaining and buzzes with fun ideas, but as an involving drama, it never gets past the first chapter.

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

... [director] Martín Cuenca reigns... [Full review in Spanish]

November 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A disturbing atmosphere, a disturbing environment. [Full Review in Spanish]

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cuenta's command of visuals continues to impress ... But he never quite settles in term of tone and his approach to the Álvaro is too clinical.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A solid idea in search of a better movie...

September 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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