Noviembre Movie Review 2020 | Oye Cinema Club

By Oye Dimelo Network •  Updated: 06/22/21 •  3 min read

Influenced by a spirit that still preserves the patina of idealism, Alfredo arrives in Madrid intent on creating 

“a performance which is freer and straight from the heart. One that can make people feel alive.” He has an idea for theater outside of stage productions – it could be anywhere: outdoors, where he would come face to face with his public near town squares or parks or even commercial streets. NOVIEMBRE starts their show as soon as they arrive at these locations; sometimes provoking passers-by through demonic displays while also putting forth social conscience issues like homophobia and racism within society’s forces of law and order (sometimes taking actions too extreme).

Noviembre Movie Review | Oye Cinema Club

1. Noviembre Review

2. What to expect from the movie

3. Plot 

4. Characters 

5. Genre and tone

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Here is a video review of the epic film “Noviembre” by members of our Cinema Club. We hope you enjoy it!          

Noviembre Review: Noviembre is a 2003 Spanish film about a guerrilla street theater troupe presented as a retrospective false documentary, directed by Achero Mañas. The film focuses on the relationship between spectators and performers, the commercialization of art, and the revolutionary potential of theatre. 

What to expect from this movie? Some unconventional performances with an excellent message for society’s forces of law and order (sometimes taking actions too extreme).

Plot: Follows “El Collell” -a group of actors who travel through Spain during Francoist State in search of places to perform- presenting their show to passersby near town squares or parks or even commercial streets; provoking them at times through demonic displays while also putting forth an anti-authoritarian message, their one and only goal are to get people talking about the show.

This film tells us a story of powerlessness in society, showing how theater can be used as a protest against oppression by taking actions that are sometimes too extreme (demonic displays). The first 30 minutes were excellent but after that, it started being repetitive with fewer quality performances and more scenes not related to art or theatre at all. Even though I found some parts offensive or irrelevant for me personally, this movie presents itself as a beautiful example of the revolutionary potential of street theatre when taken seriously enough. 

This is my review of Noviembre, a 2003 Spanish documentary about street theatre presented as a false retrospective that focuses on the relationship between spectators and performers, commercialization of art, and revolutionary potential for theater. The movie starts off great but gradually gets worse with fewer quality performances and irrelevant scenes that have nothing to do with its theme or goal. I would recommend this only if you want to see unconventional performances with social relevance because there are quite some bad acting moments too due to it being edited heavily during production (some actors had been replaced). 

If you’re looking for a thought-provoking film, then Noviembre is the movie for you. This Spanish production tells the story of a group of street theater actors who are trying to make their art relevant in today’s world. The result is an insightful and often humorous look at what it means to be different (in any way) in society today. Plus, there’s some really good acting!

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