The film has almost no dialogue whatsoever. The main character in real life is called Ion Arretxe and is not an actor, but Rosales’ set designer. The director uses a distant and never subjective perspective to depict a true story that took place in Spain.
Says Rosales: "We were right in the middle of shooting Bullet in the Head and were interrupted to go receive the Goya Solitary Fragments". Thus, one cannot accuse the filmmaker of being the victim of delusions of grandeur, although the temptation to do so is great. One can only watch the birth of Spanish neo-neorealism, whose survival depends on the subtle reactions of critics, who have always been very generous with the Catalan director.
Yet it is unacceptable to ignore the public, of whom Rosales requires "interactive" participation. The public at today’s screening participated, and how, with clapping, foot stomping, a racket during the screening. Rosales has sparked controversy, appealing to a presumed apolitical situation. One must ask one’s self is all this apparent objectivity could result in a "dictatorship of passivity", of sorts.
Produced by Jose María Morales (Wanda) and Rosales, in co-production with France’s Le Productions Balthazar and sold internationally by The Match Factory, Bullet in the Head is a prominent candidate for this year’s Goyas.