The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadán - Ventura Durall - Spain
The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadán (Spain, 2008) by Eurochannel
The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadán (Les dues vides d'Andrés Rabadán, 2008)
Director: Ventura Durall
Andrés Rabadán is a cold-blooded killer. He started with his own father, murdering him without hesitation or remorse. Years later he tried to destroy hundreds of lives by derailing three trains. Miraculously, there were no casualties, but a stunned populace was still left to wonder why – and how – this could have happened. Now, Eurochannel invites you to puzzle over the mind of a killer with a chilling look into the life of Spain’s most intriguing criminal minds.
Upon his capture, Andrés Rabadán gave no explanation for his terrible deeds. During his trial, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sentenced to 20 years’ incarceration in a psychiatric penitentiary. Unable to escape, Rabadán had plenty of leisure to contemplate his own incomprehensible motives. Gradually, the killer learned about the inner workings of his own mind: he remembered that he was abused repeatedly by his own father even as he, as a young boy, was wrestling with the tragedy of his mother’s suicide.
Now, after numerous failed escape and suicide, attempts, Rabadán has finally found a way to cope with his searing, destructive anger – through art.Based on a true story, and written with the help of Rabadán himself, this ground-breaking film takes viewers into the twisted world of a murderer, and shows how art can exorcise even the most terrifying personal demons.
Eleven years after derailing three trains and killing his father with a crossbow, Andrés Rabadan (Alex Brendemhül) plans to escape from the asylum where he is imprisoned. However, the arrival of a new psychiatrist makes him reconsider his getaway. With nowhere else to go, Rabadán must face his inner turmoil head on, and determine what tragedies in his past led him to become the monster he is today.
Trivia:• The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadan is based on a true story. Mr. Rabadan is also credited as co-writer for the film.
• Actors Andrés Herrera, Clara Segura and Alex Brendemhül won awards for Best supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Lead Actor respectively, at the Gaudí Awards of the Catalan Cinema Academy.