The Soul of Flies (2013) – By Misty Layne

If you enjoyed “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” then you will absolutely love “The Soul of Flies”. A beautifully quirky Spanish film, it tells the tale of two brothers who never knew the other existed until they meet for the first time on the way to the funeral of the father they also never knew. Completely magical, all while being almost entirely realistic, “The Soul of Flies” is a film that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Our two brothers meet at a train station where they are the only two people and quickly realize who they are and that they’re both going to their father’s funeral. After a bit of back and forth of trying to get to know each other and after hours of sitting waiting on the train, a man in a car comes along to let them know that no trains have run at this station in quite awhile. Against the younger brother’s wishes, the two brothers catch a ride with the man to the next town, only stopping when they come across the man’s daughter painting the countryside with watermelons – and by painting, I mean smashing, of course.

From there, the brothers journey includes the older brother’s dream girl who dances in a field of sunflowers, a suicidal narcoleptic who is being bullied by a bloke around town and the nicest, most charming band of robbers ever. It may not sound so realistic on paper but believe me when I say that the entire formation of the relationship of the brothers is nothing but realistic. They go from complete strangers, from dislike to finally something resembling a familial relationship over the course of several days. This is a road trip without a car, with only the pair’s feet and the kindness of others’ to rely on.

Words really cannot express my love of this film. The cinematography is stunning and the acting is superb. Every single frame of this film is important in so many different ways. So now, dear reader, it’s up to you to watch for yourself and find what’s here that’s important to you. You can learn more about “The Soul of Flies” by visiting the film’s website.