I really thought the Milian character was well developed and the morality less straight forward than it could have been. The towns folks’ loyalty which at first is strong and then changes only gradually. Likewise the girl’s. Milian as the wronged local boy who turns out not to be such a victim but then, maybe his experience has embittered him beyond reason. All to me, make this one a bit ‘deeper’, if that’s the right word, than most. Maybe a bit predictable but I remember not knowing exactly where it was going the first time I watched it. Just a growing sense that Milian was not the boy they all remembered so fondly.
The score on this is one of my favourites by Cipriani. Lovely Deguello on the trumpet but I also love the guitar work and Piccolo? on the other theme with the syncopated rhythm.
A solid 4 star film for me all round and by far Eugenio Martin’s best film in my opinion.