La Leyenda del Tiempo, movie of Isaki Lacuesta, shows again the interest of the Catalan artist in searching new paths and a certain daring when he describes the topics that interest him.
La Leyenda del Tiempo is divided in two parts, linked to each other by the central topic, the influence of Camarón de la Isla, although there is an unfortunate imbalance in the duration.
The first part, 'La voz de Isra', is much more intense and well-balanced than the next, 'La voz de Makiko', that looks more like a streched short.
Isra is a young Andalusian born right after the death of the singer, who admires him and who would like to imitate him, although the roots of his life make it impossible.
Makiko is a Japanese immigrant who would like to sing like the master and for this, manages to contact Camaron's brother.
It seems that Lacuesta shot lot of material in a documentary format, making the main characters performing themselves. Then he addes some material of fiction providing the rest of the story with a concrete but artificial direction.
The result adds irregularity to the experiment but deos not damage the whole. The most interesant thing of the movie is, besides its coincidence in the time with the movie 'Camaron' of Chavarri, the correct performances of Israel Gómez y Makiko Matsumura, the beautiful photography of Diego Dussuel and the sound track.
The worst element of the movie is the narrative instability and some moments too long that get the spectator impatient.
V.O. in Spanish and English.
Subtitles in Spanish, English and Catalan.
La Leyenda del Tiempo is the story of Isra (Israel Gómez Romero), a gipsy child who, after his dad's death, will never be able to sing again although he belongs to a singers' tradition and dreams with travelling some day far from the San Fernando Island.
It is also the story of Makiko (Makiko Matsumura), who travels to the Island trying to assimilate a tradition and a way of living that are not his but wishes to be able to face the unexpressable emotions of his fathers' illness.
Content DVD 1
Content DVD 2
La Leyenda del Tiempo song's recording (documentary)
The Camaron route
Camaron and his brothers
Interviews with Isaki Lacuesta, Makiko Matsumura y Paco Poch
Pictures of the shooting
Duration: 227 minutes
Director: Isaki Lacuesta
Actors: Israel Gómez Romero, Makiko Matsumura
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