THE ISLAND INSIDE
(LA ISLA INTERIOR)
2099, Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso, Spain, 93 min.
With Alberto San Juan, Geraldine Chaplin
Previously known for their campy comedies (RATED R, CHILL OUT!), the once-married writing-directing team of Ayaso and Sabroso execute a bold change-of-pace with this unusual psychological drama that has been compared by critics to Almodóvar, Poe, and Bergman. As their schizophrenic father lies dying and their controlling mother (Chaplin) stands watch, three siblings reunite in the Canary Islands.
The story flashes back to three days earlier, and we follow the unraveling lives of this massively dysfunctional family: Martin (San Juan), a college professor with an obsessive fixation on a student; Coral (Candela Peña), a maid sleeping with her employer’s husband; and Gracia (Cristina Marcos), a soap-opera actress pregnant by the show’s philandering star. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)