The Story of a Satellite

This Spanish feature is a lighthearted comedy about dark, heavy themes, and the friction between form and content keeps it compelling despite its frequent preciousness. Spanish writer-directors Miriam and Sonia Albert-Sobrino, who credit themselves as “the Also Sisters,” address the subjects of death, freak accidents, and deadbeat parents while trading in deadpan visual humor and quirky characterizations. The latter elements are so prominent, in fact, that you may not realize how sad the movie is until after it ends, though the melancholy aspect of Satellite isn’t entirely hidden from view: critical scenes take place in a cemetery, and the main character lives in constant fear of death. As in certain films by Pedro Almodovar (whom the sisters cite as an influence), humor seems like a coping mechanism in the face of material that might be too difficult to approach seriously. Continue reading>>