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The Incident (2014)

El incidente (original title)
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Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road - for a very long time.

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Isaac Ezban

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Isaac Ezban
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Cast

Credited cast:
Raúl Méndez ... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magda Brugengheim Magda Brugengheim
Humberto Busto ... Carlos
Erick Trinidad Camacho Erick Trinidad Camacho ... Juan
Santiago Mendoza Cortes Santiago Mendoza Cortes ... Roberto (Age 10)
Adrián Ladrón de Guevara Adrián Ladrón de Guevara ... Groom
Enrique Mendoza Enrique Mendoza ... Raft instructor
Hernán Mendoza ... Roberto
Héctor Mendoza Héctor Mendoza
Paulina Montemayor Paulina Montemayor ... Camila
Marcos Moreno Marcos Moreno
Nailea Norvind ... Sandra
Fernando Álvarez Rebeil ... Oliver
Gabriel Santoyo ... Daniel
Leonel Tinajero Leonel Tinajero
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Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road - for a very long time.

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The only way out is to keep going.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Trivia

At the beginning of the road segment, when the characters are introduced (the family in the house, ready to leave for their trip), Daniel is playing the piano, while his mother Sandra enters de house and tells him "Here's the film you wanted me to rent, now pack your stuff and get ready to leave". The film Sandra shows Daniel (a VHS film, as this segment is supposed to take place in the 80s) is actually a VHS box with the cover of "Nasty Stuff" (Isaac Ezban's previous short film, released in 2010). Although Ezban likes to make a lot of references and homages in his films, this was not his idea at all. Originally, this cameo of "Nasty Stuff" was the idea of actress Nailea Norvind (who plays Sandra), and, since she came up with that idea only 30 minutes before shooting that scene, producer designer Adelle Achar had to improvise to get that "Nasty Stuff" cover on a VHS box very fast. See more »

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Roberto: We're lost on an infinite road that runs both ways... but not to the sides.
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El Incidente
21 March 2016 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

El Incidente isn't perfect, but I found it an interesting and provocative film with solid direction and excellent performances; and even though the ending was too "spiritual" for my taste, I can recommend it as a good sample of science fiction which takes advantage of the genre in order to express complex ideas. It's not convenient to reveal too much about the two (or more?) stories of El Incidente, so I will limit myself to describe its philosophical challenges and their possible provenance. Director and screenwriter Isaac Ezban seems to have taken inspiration on "alternative logic" tales, from the TV series Lost to the work by author Philip K. Dick. However, on some aspects, the screenplay is highly rational, finding a logical solution to genuinely strange problems which we fortunately don't find in daily life, and they make us think when we see how they were solved by the picturesque characters, each one of them displaying diverse aspects of human experience. Some characters evolute and maybe improve thanks to their bizarre situation; while other ones "de-evolute" and return to the primal instincts they probably dominated during their normal lives, before finding "the incident". By the way, the poster of the film and the connotations of the title might suggest an "extraterrestrial contact" or a similar science fiction formula; however, there's nothing like that in El Incidente. By the way, I also have to mention the fact that the twist in the end doesn't seek a congruent causality, but an emotional message; in other words, the ending doesn't provoke an "Ohhhhh!", but an "Ummmmmm...". Santiago Mendoza Cortés, Paulina Montemayor, Raúl Mendez, Humberto Busto, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Nailea Norvind and Hernán Mendoza bring perfect performances in their roles, and the technical aspects are also very competent. In conclusion, I wouldn't consider El Incidente a great film, but it kept me quite interested, and as I previously said, it deserves a recommendation.


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