“The Road” (John Hillcoat, 2009)



La Carretera, la novela original de Cormac Mc Carthy, es una de esas obras desasosegantes, líricas y brutales que invita a la reflexión sobre la condición humana, sobre los límites de ese barniz de civilización que esconde la verdadera naturaleza primitiva y terrorífica del ser humano cuando se ve empujado a una situación límite. Te obliga a adentrarte por terrenos resbaladizos mientras describe el Apocalipsis, un verdadero infierno en una tierra devastada en la que apenas hay lugar para la esperanza y lo más valioso que un padre puede tratar de transmitirle a su hijo es una mínima norma moral – comerse a los demás no es aceptable ni siquiera en los casos de extrema necesidad – que sirva como brújula ante la certeza cada vez más inevitable de la imposibilidad de recuperar lo perdido.

(Crítica de David Garrido. Leer completa en CINEMERIDA)

“The Road” (John Hillcoat, 2009)

Cormac McCarthy’s tenth novel, The Road, is his most harrowing yet deeply personal work. Some unnamed catastrophe has scourged the world to a burnt-out cinder, inhabited by the last remnants of mankind and a very few surviving dogs and fungi. The sky is perpetually shrouded by dust and toxic particulates; the seasons are merely varied intensities of cold and dampness. Bands of cannibals roam the roads and inhabit what few dwellings remain intact in the woods.
Through this nightmarish residue of America a haggard father and his young son attempt to flee the oncoming Appalachian winter and head towards the southern coast along carefully chosen back roads. Mummified corpses are their only benign companions, sitting in doorways and automobiles, variously impaled or displayed on pikes and tables and in cake bells, or they rise in frozen poses of horror and agony out of congealed asphalt. The boy and his father hope to avoid the marauders, reach a milder climate, and perhaps locate some remnants of civilization still worthy of that name. They possess only what they can scavenge to eat, and the rags they wear and the heat of their own bodies are all the shelter they have. A pistol with only a few bullets is their only defense besides flight. Before them the father pushes a shopping cart filled with blankets, cans of food and a few other assets, like jars of lamp oil or gasoline siphoned from the tanks of abandoned vehicles—the cart is equipped with a bicycle mirror so that they will not be surprised from behind.

Through encounters with other survivors brutal, desperate or pathetic, the father and son are both hardened and sustained by their will, their hard-won survivalist savvy, and most of all by their love for each other. They struggle over mountains, navigate perilous roads and forests reduced to ash and cinders, endure killing cold and freezing rainfall. Passing through charred ghost towns and ransacking abandoned markets for meager provisions, the pair battle to remain hopeful. They seek the most rudimentary sort of salvation. However, in The Road, such redemption as might be permitted by their circumstances depends on the boy’s ability to sustain his own instincts for compassion and empathy in opposition to his father’s insistence upon their mutual self-interest and survival at all physical and moral costs.

The Road was the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

The preceding précis is Copyright © 2008 by Rick Wallach.

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POR E. RODRÍGUEZ MARCHANTE

De aquel país que no es para viejos, Cormac McCarthy da un salto al vacío, a un mundo que ya no es para nadie, y de su irrespirable mazo literario en “The road” nace esta película muy al pie de la letra y a la que alguien ahora ya podría haber titulado “el guardián entre las cenizas”.

Los supervivientes en una Tierra tras su definitiva hecatombe no son noticia ni novedad cinematográfica; los que el director John Hillcoat le toma prestados al escritor McCarthy son mucho más que novedad o noticia: son la cristalización de un purísimo temblor emocional, un padre y su hijo, en un mundo inhóspito, habitado por gente asilvestrada y hambrienta, en el que la única comida son ellos mismos y cuyo viaje al sur o al mar es tan estéril y mecánico como esos fardos que hacía Wall-e en su planeta destruido.(Leer completo)

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