Miguel Ángel Vivas speaks very fast. He was born in Seville in 1974 and "Tu hijo" is his fifth feature film, after "Reflejos" (2002), "Secuestrados" (2010), "Extinction" (2015) and "Inside" (2016). He says that when he finished filming his new job he breathed. And rest. "It's my most personal movie," he declares. He had been thinking about "Your son" in his head for seven years "and now I feel a huge responsibility," he confesses. And nerves, those that did not suffer long ago have returned to him like a bad dream because tomorrow the movie that now promotes and that inaugurated the Seminci of Valladolid, arrives at the cinemas. "I've already got nervous again and I said I was not going to be. What I want above all is to know what people think. I want them to see the film and I do not say it, to be clear, through the box office, but because of the fact of teaching it, "he says. What he wanted to do is to contrast this cinema with the usual use and throw or see and forget, which would be more correct: "Now the tapes, many of which are projected, are limited to entertain you, but as soon as you leave the room the you forget Do not think about it again, do not even remember the title. I have wanted that dialogue with the spectator to be observed in mine. It is open for you to place the missing pieces ».
Vivas has directed five films with this one and has a background career in television, with such cutting-edge series as "La casa de papel" or "Vivir sin permiso", where he has directed Coronado in two chapters. When I thought of an actor who played Jaime Jiménez, the surgeon, father of a family, who suffers a terrible setback, his thoughts went to José, as he calls him. "He gave me a treat", he repeats a couple of times. When writing the first script was not among the chosen ones. With the second one I already had it in mind. «I saw him in my head, he had that lost look he shows when he is inside the car and it was those eyes that I saw. I had that image with him. "
And ended up wearing the skin of a doctor who lives at night, a reputed professional, married, father of two children, boy and girl, who finds his true refuge, says the director, when he gets home. One day, the least thought for him, that feels old, but never finished, life gives him a brutal blow: his son is the victim of a beating at the exit of a nightclub and remains in a vegetative state. You can see him from behind, as he moves down a corridor and we hear his ragged breathing, the terror, the rapidity of the steps. You can almost hear the heart. "What he does here? Let it out, "shouts a doctor when she recognizes him. The doctor, father in the first place, is incredulous. From that moment on, the life he had known will fall apart and his descent into hell begins. When did you intuit that the actor would work on paper? He replies that almost from the first moment: "I knew that I was going to give everything, that it was more than what I had imagined. It has been overcome. It is a very mental film that tells the day to day of a doctor so that the public is getting into his head. But the fifth day of work came and when I shot the scene where he shows his son's cell phone, made in a single plane, I knew it was going to work. I saw what Joseph was giving to all of us, "he reveals with pride.
Parents and children in the 21st century
So much was used by the interpreter that Vivas sums it up in one sentence: "He has given us the soul, the heart and the ribs". And he says it because during the filming in one scene one broke. "He did not want us to stop and we had to force him to suspend him for a week because the pain he had was very strong. We repeated that the '' show '' should continue and we said no. There is a word to define him: "Filmmaker, as he lives and dies for the cinema, for his work. He gives you absolutely everything, is grateful, gives and helps, "he adds.
Vives defines "Your son" as a drama that uses the "thriller" as an excuse to tell it in which he was clear about what he wanted to raise: the relationship between parents and children in the 21st century. Are we doing it right? What are we going to leave to them? "Like Jaime, there are many parents who believe that they do it well because they comply, but that is not being a father. She sees her children a few hours a day, she does not get involved, she keeps the distance with them, especially with her daughter. There is a scene, when he shows him a photograph of a nude girl on his cell phone, he limits himself to letting go of '' it's very artistic ''. He does not want to establish dialogue, connect, or go further, for what to strive for. We are following from our chair to a wrong man because we are also as a society. It is not a problem only of him. We support him until we realize who we are following ", says the director, who stresses that" we are responsible for the education of our children, but what we can not do, like Jaime, is to enter to spy on the world of they".
And we return to the question that arises: what are we going to leave our children? Drop a phrase that is an irrefutable truth, like a temple: "I have no children but I am a son, we are all. And we talk about responsibility as a society. It is not worth to lament and criticize without contributing. We do not talk enough and that goes against us. The phrase that "we live a generational vacuum" does not fall out of our mouths, but it is not something new. It has always existed is not a new issue. Look if not the movies of Martínez Soria, when parents and children did not understand each other. The vacuum exists, although I think we do not make the effort we should to understand each other ».
Seven years ago the digital world was not as ubiquitous as it is now. The image, the networks every day: "When we worked on the sequence of the video they told me to get on YouTube to see real beatings. I just had to write the words and they appeared a lot. After two minutes I left, it was impossible to keep looking, "he says. He does not understand, he says with absolute conviction, that triviality that today enjoys the image that is placed at the service of violence: "Jaime suffers, of course, when they tell him that his son has been beaten, but really when he It decomposes is to know that the aggression is recorded, that the discharge of irrational violence is in a video. He lives it as a humiliation. The protagonist hurts more the blow to know that there is a recording. Scenes of that type trivialize violence ", he finishes.
Is Jaime alone, the surgeon who has been snatched from his offspring, or is he looking for that isolation? "The loneliness we all feel and in that descent to hell does not notice anything. His wife tells him to stop, but he ignores him; his daughter tells him that she has not seen him cry. He wants to be right, he does not assume what has happened to him. But the protagonist has not sought to distance himself from his family emotionally and affectively. Your house is your rest. Close the door and relax. Eat slowly, dinner slowly. In his environment he moves very well, although it seems out of place everywhere. "
Explains Miguel Ángel Vivas who played with a strong contrast when it came to reflecting the world his son lives and differentiating it from the rest: "It's the night, the rain and the bad weather in front of the day that happens with him, which is his moment of peace and light. It is with whom he communicates ». And he does it through word and look: "We know what happens to him and what he thinks only by looking at him and seeing his eyes. We read to him ». Vivas is satisfied. He says he made the film exactly as he wanted to do it, "with the maturity that the years have given me. Everything I have done before has been to put myself in front of this project in which I have placed my soul. I made the movie exactly how I wanted it. I wish it would be good especially for the others. And a prize for José ».
Seville, a dark and rainy city
Miguel Ángel Vivas was born in Seville and his city has decided to return to set this drama. Night images abound in «Your son», from a city that does not show the beauty that distils, nor is it portrayed stereotyped. The rain, the bad weather take over the planes. "I'm quite surprised by the reception. And surprised for good. This is the time I have been most critical, "says Vivas.