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Someone Has to Die

Country: Mexico, Language: Spanish, 149 mins

Original Title

Alguien tiene que morir
  • Director: Manolo Caro
  • Writer: Fernando Perez; Manolo Caro; Monika Revilla
  • Producer: Manolo Caro; Rafael Ley; Carlos Taibo; Maria Jose Cordova

CGiii Comment

With a family like this...there would be no need for any enemies!

With privilege, there is always the risk of disgrace, especially in Franco's Spain...when homosexuality was, what happens when the prodigal son arrives back home with a male ballet dancer in tow? It doesn't take too long before the chattering classes start chattering and condemning.

But...there's a twist! In fact, there are so many twists that the obvious person who's going to die isn't that obvious anymore. Everyone has motive, grudge and capacity to do the foul really is just a waiting game...and, when it's fast and jaw-dropping!

Franco's regime was stifling, this really does serve as a reminder as to the lengths some people went to...for their own self-preservation. Loyalty to Franco superceded any other loyalties...even to your own family! 

Manolo Caro lays it on thick with lavish relish...the racism, the nationalism, the homophobia, the cruelty...all part and parcel of an all-controlling dictatorship. Franco - incomprehensibly - still has admirers. Russia has Putin.

A mighty fine production that could have gone on for longer, running deeper into the totalitarianism of State and mind!


The(ir) Blurb...

The story begins with a young boy being asked by his parents to return to Mexico to meet his fiance. He returns accompanied by Lazaro, a mysterious ballet dancer.

Cast & Characters

Cecilia Suarez as Mina;
Carmen Maura as Amparo;
Juan Carlos Vellido as Santos;
Mariola Fuentes as Rosario;
Manuel Moron as Don Federico;
Ernesto Alterio as Gregorio;
Pilar Castro as Belen;
Javier Pereira as Enrique;
Eduardo Casanova as Carlos;
Ivan Sanchez as Jaime;
Carlos Cuevas as Alonso;
Ester Exposito as Cayetana;
Eloi Costa as Pedro;
Alejandro Speitzer as Gabino;
Abril Montilla as Isabel;
Javier Morgade as Martin;
Miri Perez-Cabrero as Cristina;
Isaac Hernandez as Lazaro;
Antonio Olmos as Mozo;
Carlos Lafuente as Mozo