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56 Ratings

The Candidate

El reino

Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Spain, France, 2018
Thriller, Drama


Manuel, an influential regional vice-secretary of a political party, who has everything in his favor to make the leap to national politics, observes how his perfect life collapses from leaks that involve him in a plot of corruption with Paco, one of his best friends.

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The Candidate Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Critics reviews

The Realm is a good example of how manipulating character attachment can strongly engage the audience. We know just enough to understand Manuel’s crisis, but without access to his mind, each scene can yield a surprise when he comes up with a new survival stratagem.
September 29, 2019
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This is one of those rare films that starts as a slog but grows progressively more engrossing as it develops. It finally delivers a wallop of a finale, a concluding 15 minutes crackling with suspense and left-field twists – but it’s really quite hard work at first, presenting a bewildering blizzard of dialogue that largely obscures what the hell is going on.
August 01, 2019
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