Which brings us to what is easily my favorite Spanish film of all time, La Comunidad (2000) by the genius Spanish movie director, Álex de la Iglesia. The story centers around a middle-aged real estate agent, Julia, who decides to stay the night in one of the apartments that she is selling, to escape from her bad luck and troubles with her negative and mediocre husband. The previous owner of the apartment was a recluse who died there of old age, and Julia quickly realizes the apartment holds a secret. Unfortunately for her, the neighbors seem to know it, and are intent on either preventing her from discovering it or escaping from the building alive with it.
|Álex de la Iglesia, director|
and President of the Spanish
Academy of Cinema, 2009-2011
|Spanish actor and writer Enrique Villén|
|Illustration of a classic meeting of the neighbors in the entryway next to the mailboxes. In times of crisis,|
la comunidad de vecinos shares the woe, and this blog gives tips on how associations can cut communal costs.
In this sense, La comunidad is a satire on Spanish apartment associations much as The Stepford Wives (2004) spoofs American suburban neighborhood associations. Álex de la Iglesia does a wonderful job of transforming the nosy neighbor, an archetype we've all experienced, into something much more sinister, and that's where all the fun begins.
|In the U.S. the American Dream is set in suburbia and its protagonist the housewife. In Spain|
the typical "casa" (home) is a flat or apartment and its homemaker most likely a working woman.