The Candidate

The Candidate

Rodrigo Sorogoyen (2018)

15 Certificate


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Exploiting the climate of political distrust in modern-day Spain, director Rodrigo Sorogoyen's insinuating, award-winning study of corruption in the corridors of power feels like a millennial variation on those paranoia thrillers produced by New Hollywood in the wake of Watergate. At its heart is Manuel Vidal (Antonio de la Torre), a regional fixer for an unnamed political party, whose wheeler-dealing skills have given him a taste for luxury and power. But, when a scandal breaks and an incriminating tape-recording surfaces, Manuel is thrown under a bus by his erstwhile friends. Not being the kind to go quietly, however, he turns whistleblower and it's at this juncture that Sorogoyen and co-writer Isabel Peña's eminently plausible premise begins to depart from reality. The compelling de la Torre leads a fine ensemble, with Luis Zahera outstanding in a memorable meltdown sequence. But the dénouement is as thuddingly unsubtle as Olivier Arson's pounding electro score.


Ab Spanish politician has risen to the highest levels of the country's government, while concealing a background of corruption and crime. When a close colleague is implicated in illegal activities, he tries to keep the scandal under control - but soon evidence of his own misdeeds ends up in the papers, and he faces a desperate battle to save his career. Thriller, starring Antonio de la Torre and Monica Lopez. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Manuel López Vidal Antonio de la Torre
Inés Mónica López
José Luis Frías José Maria Pou
Paco Castillo Nacho Fresneda
Asunción Ceballos, "La Ceballos" Ana Wagener
Amaia Marín Bárbara Lennie
Cabrera Luis Zahera
Alvarado Francisco Reyes
Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureGuidance: Violence, swearingReleased on: 2 Aug 2019