The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira) is a tall, dark and simmering thriller from Raúl Arévalo, whom has impressively flexed his muscle in this directorial debut. Winning Best Picture, Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 2017 Goya Awards, its one of many great choices at the 2017 Spanish Film Festival. Be sure to check out what else is on offer at the festival, inclusive of festival guests and special events.
This 91 minute drama/thriller is based on the slightly confusing images of a jewellery heist gone wrong. It has serious consequences, and Curro (Luis Callejo) the getaway driver doesn't quite make it out. He bears the full brunt of the law, while his loved ones await his release. In the 8 years that he is imprisoned, life goes on in the stark working class barrio of Madrid, until a stranger shows up. Quiet and reserved, Jose (Antonio de la Torre) begins to spend a lot of time at the local café, run by brother and sister Ana (Ruth Diaz) and Juanjo (Raúl Jiménez).
His attraction to Ana is obvious, but it takes time before furtive glances turn into a tentative relationship. Discovering her connection to the heist, he's curious about the surrounding circumstances and wants to know everything about the crime. Meanwhile, finally released from prison, Curro comes home to his wife and child and eventually realises that things are not the same as he left it. This change in his wife brings out the worst in him and has her fleeing his anger. This forces him to confront his past and his present, and puts him in direct confrontation with the quiet stranger who has come to town.
This film though a bit slow moving at times, captures your interest throughout with its intensity and study of each character. Each carrying the burden of their emotional pain, anger erupts from all quarters and the quiet landscape is suddenly filled with unexpected rough terrain. The film slowly builds up to the unexpected, as what seemed innocent at first, reveals itself to be a well laid plan of extracting revenge, by a patient man. Filled with twists in the storyline, what seems predictable at first, ups the anti with the unexpected, and holds your attention as tensions build and suspense rises to the fore.
Towards the end, this film takes on the persona of a road trip. With Jose's Chuck Norris type looks, don't be swayed into thinking that this is your usual American style action flick filled with senseless violence and revenge. Instead, it extracts its intensity by slowing things down, and concentrating on the simmering emotions lurking just under the surface. The soundtrack that beats in perfect and purposeful timing will control your emotions and spit you out to its conclusions.
A gritty score-settling thriller that imitates no one, its well worth seeing for its broodingly intense performances, especially from actress Ruth Diaz in the role of Ana.