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Hours of Light (2004)

Horas de luz (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 September 2004 (Spain)
A prisoner is accused of several murders.


Manolo Matji
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto San Juan ... Juanjo
Emma Suárez ... Marimar
José Ángel Egido ... Chincheta
Vicente Romero ... Morata
Andrés Lima Andrés Lima ... Granizo
Ana Wagener ... Chus
Aitor Merino ... Tormo
Daniel Núñez Daniel Núñez ... Chester
Paco Marín Paco Marín ... Rafa
Sandro Cordero Sandro Cordero ... Herrero
Enrique Escudero Enrique Escudero ... Peña
Jesús Noguero Jesús Noguero ... Ramos
Fernando Lage Fernando Lage ... Moreno
Mariana Cordero ... Madre de Juanjo
Kike Biguri Kike Biguri ... Sindo


A prisoner is accused of several murders.

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Can love free you from your crimes?




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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (Spain) See more »

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Hours of Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based on deeds , about a multiple killer and his right to reintegrate himself into the society
7 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A delinquent is accused of three murders , judged and condemned several years in prison . In jail he leads lots of prison riots until he is submitted a special treatment called FIES , characterized to be kept in a total loneliness and extreme control . There, he will spent two years , but the arrival of a social assistant called Emma to heal his wounds to provide him a first contact with good human being . And then both of whom fall in love with unexpected consequences . The movie arises some questions : Can love free you from your crimes?, is the coming out good or is the coming out to avenge the torments and terrors that make a jail for men a college for the crime? .

The picture deals with a thorny subject , the right of social reintegration of a multiple killer . The main origin of this movie resulted to be the splendid series ¨Turno de Oficio¨created by Antonio Mercero , in fact it was a script of a episode of this series that subsequently adapted into a long feature film. As writer/director Matji then wrote a book about it , dealing with the authentic experiences of a convict Juan Jose Garfia at a strict gaol that it is a hell in earth , which was a kind of almanac of everything he witnessed while in prison . This script contains usual ingredients of the ¨Inmates in prison ¨ sub-genre : escapades , violence , sadism , physical abuse , freedom wishes and many other things . Main cast formed by Alberto San Juan as Juanjo and Emma Suárez as Marimar give acceptable performances . Although Emma Suarez as a prison assistant who suddenly come to see as noble savage rather than a cruel killer delivers better acting than Alberto . Support cast is pretty well such as : Vicente Romero , Andrés Lima , Aitor Merino , Mariana Cordero , Ana Wagener and special mention for Jose Angel Egido .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Manolo Matji , though it has several flaws , gaps and failures . Javier Aguirre has filmed with all of the power and realism at its command . Manolo Matji was born in 1943 in Madrid, as Manuel Matji Tuduri. He is a prolific writer and occassionally director, known for Réquiem por Granada , Río Negro , A solas contigo , La guerra de los locos (1987), El sueño del mono loco (1989) and this Horas de luz (2004) . It has several Awards and nomination such as Toulouse Cinespaña, Turia Awards , San Sebastián International Film , Goya Awards 2005 Nominee and Cinema Writers Circle Awards .

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