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3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Viajar al espacio y colonizar otros mundos es el sueño de todo amante de la ciencia-ficción. Pero ¿qué será de la ciencia-ficción cuando este sueño se convierta en realidad?... Tony, el propietario de un videoclub de cine fantástico, está a punto de descubrirlo. En su trastienda ha descubierto el camino que le conducirá a Próxima Centauri, el portal que permitirá la expansión humana por el espacio.

"PROXIMA" es una de las escasas producciones de este género que ha dado el cine español. Rodada de forma independiente, ha recorrido festivales de medio mundo recogiendo excelentes críticas y reconocimientos como el Premio a la Cultura y las Artes de la Universidad de Huelva y nominaciones al Premio Icon (Festival de Cine Fantástico de Tel-Aviv) y al Premio Ignotus a la mejor producción audiovisual (Asociación Española de Ciencia-Ficción).,

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Product Details

  • Actors: Oriol Aubets, Anthony Blake, Manel Solàs, Abel Folk, Joan Frank Charansonnet
  • Directors: Carlos Atanes
  • Writers: Carlos Atanes
  • Producers: Marta Timón
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: FortKnox Audiovisual
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KN3WFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Joseph W. Gauthier on December 7, 2009
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Description: Science fiction video store owner and fan Tony (Oriol Aubets) fails at both his business and his relationship with his girlfriend Natalia (Karen Owens), but, after a trip to a science fiction convention to see author Félix Cadecq (Manuel Solàs), Tony comes to believe he is part of small cell of people who know the world will end in a year and are expecting an alien fleet from Proxima Centauri to arrive. Is it true, has he been brainwashed or is he insane? Can he really travel to Proxima Centauri using the power of a hypnotic CD? Is there a planet less interesting than Earth? Will Tony's detachment from reality ever have a practical use?

Review: Make no mistake. This is not a good film. I stumbled across this film on Amazon VOD because of its high rating and was sorely disappointed. This is a zero budget science fiction fan-centric labor of love from Spain. I'm always on the lookout for undiscovered gems and this isn't one of them. Although my description reads like the storyline from a comedy, this film is played straight. The movie doesn't really move into science fiction territory until the second half and that's when the glacial pace of the first half gets even slower. The storyline has the quality of filmed fanfic and even though the dialogue is heavy handed, it's not quite good enough to be a good "bad" film. The subtext, what there is of it, is flimsy, there is the obligatory rote attack on religion and the film contains a random hodgepodge of shallow half-baked tin foil hat ideas.

Another reviewer elsewhere on Amazon mentioned the influence of Philip K. Dick on Proxima and I think that's being overly generous. Although the film makes obvious and not so obvious references to both Philip K.
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It's bad when someone in the USA gets a camcorder and decides to make a backyard movie with garage style props. It's downright painful when someone in another country does the same and then inflicts on you the need to "Read" the movie to get to the end. This movie would have been far more enjoyable had the producers dubbed the film in english and then allowed the film to be "Riffed" for some humor. If you are looking for a Sci Fi flick this is not it! Move on the next film in your list.
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Very interesting low budget Spanish psychological Sci-Fi film, with a quirky sense of humor.

It has holes and weak spots, but I admire its aiming high, and using its tiny budget to the fullest.

In terms of genre, this has more in common with `Man Who Fell To Earth' and `Solaris' than `Star Wars'. It's about
a shlub sci-fi geek, who may have found a metaphysical portal to another world, or may just be losing his mind.

Full of interesting images and music, at times it gets too cute or clever for it's own good, at other times it drags,
and the acting is occasionally uneven, but it's certainly more thought provoking than a lot of what's out there.
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By damian on October 4, 2011
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Its tough making low-budget sci-fi! Proxima never quite settles into itself to me. Like watching a movie on an old VHS player from the 80's, the tracking needs some adjustment to make the thought-world its offering come into line. Its warps in and out of being a B-movie homage and a eye-narrowing conspiracy-esque trader in ideas of other dimensions. The wind of intelligent cynicism for pop-conspiracy falls away and leaves the flag of ideas limp on the flag pole. When you don't have the money for sets and special affects then ideas, strong acting and sharp dialogue (not to mention believable restraints imprisoning someone on a bed) are your tools to turn that lack into a strength. Proxima never finds its way on this front. As a valiant attempt at low-budget sci-fi it does well in a few places but surely it will remain a show reel for what might have been achieved with sharper minds at the helm in the script writing and filming & editing. It seems obvious in certain places that the need to get through shooting was more pressing than the desire to get a great scene.
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In the age of loud and bombastic, it is a tremendous breath of fresh air to find an SF movie that dares to be quirky, intelligent and defiantly its own beast.

Perhaps the best Phillip K. Dick movie that has nothing to do with PKD, you might get a hint of what it's like if you think Primer by way of Alejandro Jodorowski, with bursts of Repo Man absurdity, a hint of Tarkovsky's Stalker, and a truckload of cheap sci fi tropes.

If a foreign language art film with secret powers, black clad commandos, weird cults, deprogrammers, tons of nerdy SF geek references and, yes, even spaceships, sounds like your thing, then give Proxima a try.
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This is a trippy mind-blast from phenomenal Spanish auteur Carlos Atanes.

The film starts simply with Tony (Oriol Aubets), a total nerd who is obsessed with sci-fi movies and books. When his favorite author, Felix Cadecq (Manel Solás), claims that aliens actually exist, Tony is the only person who believes him.

As Tony begins his journey to find out the truth, he becomes involved with a secret cult and his reality begins to degrade. Is Tony actually going to have his wildest dreams fulfilled or has he completely lost his mind?

Atanes gives no easy answers with his film that's clearly been influenced by the work of Philip K. Dick. Aubets plays Tony with the perfect pitch of hopeful optimism so that the audience is really rooting for him to succeed in his quest despite how far-fetched the plot grows around him. Atanes is also very suggestive with his special effects, giving us just a hint of what may or not be real.
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