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God Is On The Air (2002)

Cast: Franco di Francescantonio, Franco di Francescantonio, Juan Carlos Vellido, more...
Director: Jordi MollÓ, Jordi MollÓ
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Studio: Lolafilms Home Ent
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, Spain
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: Spanish
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Actor Jordi MollÓ made his directorial debut with this satiric drama, which casts a jaundiced eye on the world of television. Salva (MollÓ) and his best friend, Angel (Juan Carlos Vellido), are a pair of homeless men who scrape together a living begging in a train station. After the men are implicated in the killing of a priest, Salva and Angel are put behind bars, where they are spotted by the producer of "Harsh Treatment," a reality television show in which the viewing audience is asked to judge if the contestants are innocent or guilty of the crimes of which they are accused. With his long hair and kind eyes, Salva looks a bit like Jesus, and Bigardo (Daniel GimÚnez Cacho), the creator of the show, decided to play the resemblance for all it's worth; the home audience not only acquits Salva, but he's given a new job as a TV preacher. Disillusioned, Angel goes back to the gutter, while Salva, who is uncertainly navigating the ladder of success, becomes deeply infatuated with Espe (Candela Pe˝a), Bigardo's significant other. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Jesus Freak by talltale June 21, 2005 - 6:09 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
GOD IS ON THE AIR carries an original Spanish title of "No Somos Nadie," or "We're all Nothing," a more appropriate and creepy statement that pretty much sums up the point here. Tracking a scam artist (Jordi Molla, who also directed) and his friend as they rise to the top of the media heap, the movie posits does a media/religion combination that is striking, to say the least. Shot on video with a none-too-fab transfer to DVD, the film still often manages a strange, ugly beauty.

This is a black comedy more dark than funny that moves fast (faster than some may be able to follow but not fast enough for those who will despise this film), and its pot-shots at the media and religion will strike some of you as old-hat. For me, the movie managed to go a bit further than most, and in its gloomy way, would seem to indicate that it doesn't matter whether we fight them or join them: Against the combo of media and church (with the connection to government of both these groups), we'll simply never win. Molla, with his long hair, piercing eyes and beatific visage makes quite the nifty Jesus figure. You can easily imagine the general populace falling to its knees. This is one bleak, razz-a-ma-tazz movie.

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(Average 8.50)
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