The Motive is a Spanish film that was first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in the year 2017 and in Spain on November 17, the same year. However, it got released a year later for streaming. The original title of this drama movie is El autor and has been directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca and joining him for writing the screenplay is Alejandro Hernández.
The 112 minutes long movie has been produced under the guidance of David Naranjo, Manuel Martín Cuenca, Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson and Mónica Lozano. Javier Gutiérrez and Adelfa Calvo received the Best Actor and Supporting Actress award, respectively, at the Goya Awards for their outstanding performances in the movie.
What do You Need to Know Before Watching it Without Spoilers?
The movie focuses on the life protagonist Álvaro (Javier Gutíerrez), who part ways with his estranged yet popular best-selling writer wife Amanda (Maria León). He gets extremely motivated to turn into writing and embarks on a journey to prove that he is a good writer. But his writing teacher (Antonio de la Torre) tells him to be more focused on the present moment and derive inspiration from it.
But unfortunately, he lacks the skill to imagine. But he later gets an alternative to find inspiration for his work- by involving, more of manipulating, his neighbors and getting into their lives. He becomes of the belief that great fiction is inspired by real-life itself. But will he successfully be able to fulfill his passion for writing, or is there something else that will be known later? Well, for that you will have to watch The Motive for yourself.
Who are All there in the Movie?
The cast comprised of Maria Leon in the role of Amanda, Javier Gutierrez in the role of Alvaro, Adelfa Calvo in the role of Portera, Rafael Tellez in the role of Sr. Montero, Jose Carlos Carmona in the role of Jesus, Tenoch Huerta in the role of Enrique, Domi del Postigo in the role of Presentador, Adriana Paz in the role of Irene, Antonio de la Torre in the role of Juan, Alberto Gonzalez in the role of Don Alfonso.
Is the Motive Worth the Watch?
The movie has been given a rating of 60% by Rotten Tomatoes based on 20 reviews, whereas IMDb has given it a score of 6.5/10, making it an okayish watch. The movie has been very cleverly plotted with good performances by the actors in displaying the complicated real-life wisdom and beautifully capturing many moments. It includes beautiful Seville shots which highlight several Spanish habits owned by people.
But this portrayal could have been more affectionate so that the central plot came out more richly. Despite its monotonous rendition, the movie can be given a shot to explore what difference lies between being creative and a sociopath.
Where to Stream The Motive?
The only way the viewers can enjoy this 2017 release is by taking the subscription of the streaming platform Netflix.