The Apostate | Chicago Reader

The Apostate

This Spanish-Uruguayan satire (2015) about a man struggling to leave his Catholic church in Madrid offers a wry absurdist take on existential crisis without resorting to cliche. Writer-director Federico Veiroj (A Useful Life) keeps the humor ironic and his tousle-haired protagonist (Álvaro Ogalla) steeped in a familiar middle-aged ennui, but his approach is muted and elegant, revealing the hero's predicament slowly through stray comments, glances, and eerie cutaway shots. The narrative grows increasingly surreal, but the clues to this are subtle, which challenges one not only to think critically but also to pay attention. The method is well suited to a story about a man learning to think for himself. In Spanish with subtitles.


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