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Agnosia (2010) – Review

Joana suffers from a rare condition known as Agnosia...

Eugenio Mira’s Spanish thriller Agnosia spins a refreshing, if confusing, tale of misplaced love and selfish greed. Starring Eduardo Noriega and Bárbara Goenaga it focuses on one girl’s debilitating mental illness which prevents her from perceiving the world the world that surrounds her.

Set in late nineteenth century Spain, Agnosia can sometimes feel like a historical piece that isn’t quite sure what to do with itself. Entwining some impressive cinematography with a convoluted plot it suffers from its overly elaborate exploration of Joana’s condition and her carer’s selfish attempts to unlock the information she holds.

Engaged to Carles, Joana Prats is the daughter of a failing businessman. Having developed Agnosia, a mental condition that affects the sufferer’s ability to perceive reality, at a young age, she depends on the carers and servants her father employs to survive everyday life. After her doctor prescribes three days of total separation from the outside stimuli Joana is unknowingly moved to a new location so that the doctor and Martina Gedeck’s Prevert can extract vital information about her now-deceased father’s company.

The first part of the film is based on the recollections of one of Joana’s servants Meissner (Félix Gómez), who is forced to deliver his experiences with Joana after being attacked. The film then loses its way when it begins to explore Joana’s captor’s attempts to extract information from her. Utilising the similarity of the two male lead’s features the film enters a murky stage where questions are often left unanswered. Employed to pose as her fiance Carles, the servant forms a strange relationship with Joana. Lavishing her with intuitive gifts he beds her, something the real Carles hasn’t yet achieved (which leads to several glimpses of him sleeping with prostitutes).

Of course Carles smells a rat when she speaks of their union and soon realises what has happened. The imposter gets off lightly but the finale has a damning impact on Joana’s life.

Agnosia is a film whose storyline promises something it can hardly live up to. Relying rather heavily on the mysteriousness of Joana’s condition the film sometimes forgets to provides answers for its countless questions which soon becomes frustrating and makes for unnecessarily confusing watching.

Best line: ‘I look at you but I don’t see you’.

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  • Hey Sam! I can't attach a feature picture to this post, is it something to do with my permission access on the new system? Best, Tom
  • Hey Sam, it's the new system, I'm just trying it out for my latest podcast episode with Greg Lucey and I'm trying to attach a picture - it uploads the picture and then says I don't have permission to attach it :(
  • Hi Tom, I'll look into this today. I think I already know what the issue is. It's because the media being uploaded is not associating itself to a post ID. Thank you for being my test dummy. At least this creation dialogue is working!!!
  • Hey Sam, I've tried again just now still the same issues I'm afraid :( I'd also look at the text editor I'm not sure if the texted/front is properly formatting at the moment (there's big gapes in the spacing, front size). If you want to jump around inside my draft and see what's what please do! I think I am going to use the legacy editor to upload today, but we can work  on testing and refining the new editor together :) Best, Tom

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