Santiago Requejo’s brief movie, All In Favor (Votamos), stirred up all of the not-so-fond recollections of my closing encounter with the House Homeowners Affiliation (HOA).
Set in Madrid, All In Favor drops in on the ultimate piece of enterprise of a rental board assembly as tardy member Maite (Miriam Díaz-Aroca) sneaks in for the ultimate vote to approve a brand new elevate for the complicated. The brand new elevate passes, and the board convenes into informal dialog.
Because the board members go away, Alberto (Raúl Fernández de Pablo) mentions that he’s lastly been in a position to lease his rental to a co-worker just lately employed beneath the socialization program at work. This system introduced in new staff who’ve struggled with psychological well being points however must get a foot within the door to start out a brand new profession.
“…been in a position to lease his rental to a co-worker just lately employed beneath the socialization program at work.”
Upon listening to this, the opposite board members are alarmed that Alberto is permitting a loopy individual to dwell in his dumpy condo, and so they plead with him to reject his utility.
Two issues stand out in All In Favor. First is the dialogue of psychological well being and the stigma related to it when it’s found that you just (or somebody you already know) have struggled with one of many lots of of diagnoses. Filmmaker Requejo then calls out the bias and hypocrisy in our attitudes towards psychological well being.
The opposite stand-out second is that the 14-minute (minus credit) All In Favor is completed in a single shot with no cuts. It opens with a large shot of the eight members, then floats across the room following the dialog between Alberto and the others. In contrast to different movies, the single-shot gimmick is commonly about pulling off the gimmick. Right here it really works and is smart.
All In Favor is a superb instance of turning a small dramatic scene into an enticing piece of cinema whereas making a refined but poignant level.