Plot: Alex (Eduard Fernández) is approaching forty. An experienced filmmaker, he is trying to complete his latest script, so he leaves Barcelona to stay at the home of his friend Santi (Javier Cámara) in the Catalan Pyrenees. There, he meets violinist Monica (Montse Germán), who is there visiting another friend, Judith (Carme Pla). Over dinner, the four reflect on their lives, the decisions they've made and who they have become.
Alex derives artistic sustenance from the experience. While at first he's completely alienated and nervous in this natural setting, he is soon riding horses, walking in the mountains and forgetting - bit by bit - about his script. It is the connection he forges with Monica that affects him most, but he is married with two children and she will soon adopt a child with her partner.
Cesc Gay's Krampack and In the City enthralled Festival audiences. Adorned with sumptuous, bittersweet moments, Fiction is the director's first love story. The physical distance that separates Alex and Monica may be minuscule, but they are kept worlds apart by the weight of reality. Gay's ability to establish mood is exquisitely refined here. Minimal music is used effectively, underscoring the events and creating a feeling of romantic nostalgia. Each line of dialogue is loaded with
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