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Carlos Molinero directed and cowrote this harrowing 2001 drama about brutal skinheads in a Spanish town and the cops and relatives trying to deal with their rage and xenophobia. Marisa Paredes plays a neurotic middle-aged nurse caring for a drug-addicted niece and two gangbanger nephews; unbeknownst to the nurse, her new boyfriend (Imanol Arias) is a cop who suspects the boys of having viciously beaten an African drug trafficker. Molinero contrasts the nurse's materially comfortable if despairing life with the kids' chaotic world, filmed in natural light with jerky handheld cameras, and though the story's coincidences and parallels may seem too neat, its stark realism encompasses a range of equivocal morals and motives. In Spanish with subtitles. 98 min. Biograph, Monday, April 15, 7:00, and Wednesday, April 17, 9:30.

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