Honor de Cavalleria

Director: Albert Serra
Year Released: 2006
Rating: 3.0

Massively stripped down version of Cervantes' literary masterpiece has Don Quixote (Lluís Carbó) and his squire Sancho (Lluís Serrat) wandering around a windmill-free wilderness: the Man from La Mancha asks his partner to make him a laurel crown, they go for a swim, he talks at length about the perfection of the "Golden Age" and how knights are immortal, they're separated from each another ... and eventually reunite, with Quixote imploring Sancho to keep going even if he passes away.  In a short he made for the 2020 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Serra claimed his biggest influences were individuals who wrote film criticism (he name checks Amos Vogel, Manny Farber and Robin Wood, among others) but not the movies themselves (he also claims he never "touched a camera in his life") and it's clear he has an affinity for the source, which is certainly one of the best ever written in the Spanish language.  It's more of a meditation on a theme than a fully developed narrative, but it's absolutely lovely to look at - the digital cinematography is by Christophe Farnarier and Eduard Grau (the latter went on to record Tom Ford's A Single Man and Rodrigo Cortés' Buried).  For most audience members, it will probably be an endurance test (or something to avoid altogether) and he doesn't give you a lot ... although neither did Mark Rothko or Franz Kline.