The Motive (El autor) (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.


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

All Critics (10) | 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…

A good story, but it's resolved in a hurry. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Motive is a fascinating film about an average and bland man. The story Alvaro is writing may be exciting, but he's still observing the exciting life of others rather than experiencing it himself.

January 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Motive goes from a deeply Spanish comedy... to a kind of thriller of intrigue that does not lose sight of its playful dimension. [Full review in Spanish]

November 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Watching The Motive is akin to hearing an artist expound at length on the tedious specifics of their process, a feeling made all the more wearying by the blinkered nature of said approach.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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