Gonzalo López’s bold thriller Dolorosa Gioia aka Sweet Pain, a film that I co produced under my Bruise Productions banner, just finished its first leg of a limited theatrical run in Barcelona Spain and the reviews are in! Check some of them below (most are in Spanish BTW).
The film was written and directed by Gonzalo Lopez and it was Produced by Javier Rueda, Lopez and myself. It stars Amiran Winter, Paula Célières, and Cristian Monasterio. Next stop? Potential wider Theatrical Release and Distribution.
Screen Anarchy: “A revenge story at its heart, the film holds some violent surprises so shocking and brutally rendered they almost seem diametrically opposed to the elegance that proceeded them. However, they also feel inevitable, something Lopez has been building to so deliberately that it’s impossible to see them as anything but necessary.” –Read the Review
Arrow in the Head: “A brazenly stylish and challenging Giallo-inspired thriller based on a true crime story from more than 400 years ago. It’s worth seeing for everyone interested in pure-form filmmaking, anyone fascinated by the tragic tale of Carlo Gesualdo, and most certainly for fans of Giallo flicks that eerily blend high-artistry with moral depravity. It’ll reward those willing to take a chance on it!” – Read the Review
242 películas después: “Love, passion, jealousy, insecurity, sex, envy, loneliness, lies, obsessions, music, and above all, fear and death. Dolorosa Gioia Film performs well as a psychological thriller, the purest terror, and also, as a romantic fantasy and most of all a domestic drama, handling with ease and fusing with audacity the different genres that run through the film.” Read the Review Here
Fundidoanegro.net: “There are also other kinds of specters looming above the picture (Dolorosa Gioia Film): those of movie titans such as (Dario) Argento or (Brian) De Palma. It is a film that solely asks that you approach it with desire, openness and without prejudice. Getting immersed in it is the equivalent to allowing yourself to enjoy a great feast, an ode to love of music and of cinema. A gigantic enjoyment!” Read the Review Here
Klownsasesinos.com: “We almost unintentionally enter the mind (and soul) of the protagonist and accompany him both in his moments of frustration and inspiration.” Read the Review Here
Cinema Crazed: “Dolorosa Gioia is all about the subtleties of human emotions and the connection between music and these emotions. Everything in this film is calculated yet feels natural.” Read the Review Here
Mangolassiproductions.com: “Another highlight of this production is the rhythm and its way of telling its story. We are not talking about a feature that has a linear structure. But rather a chaotic structure that juggles the past, present and future.” Read the Review Here
Cinedepatio: “This film is the cinematic embodiment that an image is worth a thousand words.” Read the Review Here
Basement Review: “If you are in the right mood, it’s cinema in its purest form, and rates a Good in my book.” – Read the Review
Filmesetal.com: “After a few minutes I realized I was watching something quite different from the commercial films of the last decade. This film has very little dialogue and great performances from an extremely talented cast . But I think what gives the film that special touch is its music. Restless and suffocating, the soundtrack of the film reminded me a lot of the music from Evil Dead. Frenetic!” – Read the Review
Our Synopsis: “Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, the infidelities and the brutal consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life, to old on to his desire to compose music and to retain his sanity. “by