You have to come and see it’ Film Review – Karlovy Vary – Deadline

Whether you moved out of town or your friends did, there’s a lot to tell in You have to come and see it (Tenéis Que Venir A Verla). This Spanish film by Jonás Trueba (The August Virgin) is a likeable entry into the competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, centering on two couples in their thirties hanging out in Madrid.

Elena (Itsaso Arana) and Daniel (Vitor Sanz) are still married to the city, unlike their friends Susana (Irene Escolar) and Guillermo (Francesco Carril, also seen in the KVIFF title ramona). The latter moved to a small rural town and returned to town for a rare reunion at a piano concert.

We know it’s rare because, over a glass of wine after the show, Susana and Guillermo seem to have counted the months. You have to come see him, they rush from their new home, as Elena and Daniel squirm in their seats. It’s only half an hour by train, they remind them. Promises are made, and six months later, Elena and Daniel embark on a somewhat reluctant trip to the suburbs, starting with that arrogant urban mistake of thinking you know more about trains than your hosts. As shown around the relatively lavish and sunny house, the pleasures of the country are clear, but so are the cons, as the couples’ conversations continue over lunch, table tennis and a slightly awkward stroll.

It’s a simple but effective setup; a character ride fueled by four terrific performances and witty dialogue rooted in truth. I counted at least six lines that could have come directly either from my mouth or from that of a good friend. Despite an awkwardness created by the absence and expectation, the affection between the four is palpable – as is the sweet amusement when Elena gets excited about a political book she is reading.

You have to come see it is about friends trying to fit into their new worlds, whether literal or ideological. It’s about craving companionship and wanting to hold on to friendships that may have been closer in the past. Shot during the pandemic, it’s a short that ends with an unusual meta coda, but it’s not out of place. It’s a pleasure to spend 64 minutes with these four – and ultimately, the filmmakers responsible for bringing them to us.

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