The Endless Trench (2019) Review
Is it fate or perhaps coincidence that brought this movie to me? Why did I even watch it? But, I’m freaking glad that I did because the Endless Trench is one of those movies that grips your heart. This is a movie that is a journey of two people locked in a single house where their hearts entwin and eventually become caged by each other.
The year is 1939 and General Francisco Franco has won the civil war. This means that all his enemies, the Communist and Republicans, will be put to death. Higinio Blanco returns home only to find that Franco’s Nationalist are waiting for him. Yet, with the help of his wife Rosa, he escapes. But, where can he run to? The mountains? How will he survive? Can he escape the country? Perhaps… but it is too risky. And, what about his wife Rosa… Can he leave her?
The best solution that Higinio Blanco comes upon is to stay locked up in his home and live in a tiny, hidden room.
So begins an endearing story of love, survival, and hope.
The Endless Trench makes you imagine what it is like to live in a single room for the whole of your life. Actually scratch that.
The Endless Trench makes you imagine what it is like to live in a single niche room no larger than an arm’s length for the whole of your life. This is a story of the indomitable human will to survive. To fight against all odds to live.
It’s gruesome, heart-wrenching, and at the same time so human.
A tale of hatred
What is it that divides us? Our political ideals? Our moral sense of right and wrong? And how can we forgive each other and move on?
When a nation is ripped apart by civil war and when it is eaten from inside because people want justice – is forgiveness even possible?
The Endless Trench takes a very personal look at this question. At first, the answers are horrifying because the passions of people are hot. In such a climate, everyone is the victim and everyone is the perpetrator. Perhaps the pain and desperation of our hero, Higinio Blanco, is well-deserved.
There are no easy answers to forgiving hatred.
It’s Love that Bonds
Higinio Blanco is not alone on this terrible journey of his. With him is his wife, Rose Blanco.
The Endless Trench does not just dissect the marriage between two people, it also dissects the idea of them locking each other in their arms together forever, in a struggle of life. There is such love, life, hatred, forgiveness, fear, and beauty in it.
The chemistry between Higinio and Rose is brilliant, there is a certain rawness to it that makes it so real.
Cage your heart
Cage yourself in a single location for long enough and it’s not the just location that locks you up. Fear takes hold of you. Fear of the unknown outside, that you will never be free, that you will never love.
The Endless Trench drives to the heart of this. There are so many points to say about this…. To live you have to lock up your heart’s desires and pray you do not go insane.
The camerawork always communicates more than is said. The acting of Antonio de la Torre and Belén Cuesta really delivers a story that makes the characters of Higinio and Rosa Blanco so real. The music takes inside their hovel-home.
In the end… all you are left with is a story of humanity, love, loss, and the cost of survival. In these dark times that we live… maybe this movie will be of comfort to you – or maybe not. What do I know?