A ciegas
The blind side of Basque terrorism
in Daniel Calparsoro
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This chapter discusses Calparsoro's film ciegas. Of all the films in Calparsoro's oeuvre, A ciegas is the one that least insists on the landscape as a central element of the film. A ciegas, the last of the Basque trilogy again foregrounds a female protagonist against the backdrop of a violent Basque reality with the story of an ETA terrorist who rebels against ETA and flees with her son from the armed struggle. A ciegas is examined in the context of cinema about Basque terrorism, but the chapter also aims to demonstrate that, far from the director's work being subordinate to the moulds of Basque cinema, the specifically Basque theme of terrorism forms part of his wider view on female desire and frustration. With A ciegas Calparsoro garnered some positive comparison for two of Spain's most renowned established auteurs. Critique of the film focused around two main issues: the depiction of the Basque conflict and the central section in which Marrubi's employer, Clemente, holds her hostage.


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