14 Kilometres (14 Kilometros)
This article is from 2008.
(Gerardo Olivares, Spain) 95min
This issue-driven Spanish drama isn’t afraid to draw on several stock clichés of the well-trodden road movie genre. Three Africans undertake the arduous journey from Niger to Spain, crossing deserts, trying to get through corrupt border controls and having their humanity tested all the way. Competently made and packed full of the kind of suspense that is par for the course with this sort of immigrant drama, 14 Kilometres (which refers to the incredibly short distance between North Africa and Spain) tells a truly remarkable story. That the utter predictability of this film ultimately drains it of power is somewhat regrettable. But for all its flaws, this is still a journey that is well worth taking.
Filmhouse, Sat 21 Jun, 7.30pm; Sun 22 Jun, 1.30pm, £8 (£6.40).