AMIGO Review - FANTASTIC FEST
AMIGO is a great chamber piece about best amigos David (David Pareja) and Javi (Javier Botet) living together in a remote house. Javi is paralyzed and requires constant care after a car accident; David feels remorse for causing the accident and provides companionship and care. He wants Javi to be as happy and comfortable as possible, but the demands placed on him are daunting and causes much stress.
As winter approaches and the two men are cut off from the outside world, David begins to resent Javi and paranoia sets in. David begins to wonder: Is Javi really paralyzed? Does Javi blame him for his condition? These questions drive David mad.
What follows is a riveting film about guilt, duty, friendship and madness reminiscent of the best two-handers. Javier Botet is best known for his work playing monsters in horror movies such as the Crooked Man in THE CONJURING 2 and the Hobo in IT. Here, Javier gets to shed the makeup and deliver an emotional performance of a man struggling with paralysis. With AMIGO, director Óscar Martín delivers an excellent feature debut that announces to the world that he is a director to keep an eye on.