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Spanish alienation in a foreign landscape
in Daniel Calparsoro
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This chapter discusses Calparsoro's film Guerreros. Guerreros makes a more overt move towards genre films more typical of Hollywood than European fare, the war film having been dominated by Hollywood. Guerreros tells us of a troop of Spanish soldiers acting as a peacekeeping force in Kosovo, who undertake a mission to repair an electricity generator in the exclusion zone. A confrontation with rebel forces embroils the young soldiers directly in the war, and for the rest of the film they simply try to survive in hostile territory. Calparsoro has not, however, left behind some of his earlier themes and styles: the sense of gritty realism remains with us in Guerreros, as does the theme of young people trying to come to terms with an alien environment, and of complex and tense relations with their peers and those apparently in authority around them. A central element of Guerreros is the corruption of innocence and idealism as young soldiers descend into a hell in which, in terms of violence, they become indistinguishable from the local inhabitants.

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