GENRE Black Comedy
STATUS Completed
YEAR 2017
DIRECTOR Manuel Martin Cuenca
SCREENPLAY Based on a novel by Javier Cercas. Adapted by Manuel Martin Cuenca and Alejandro Hernandez
PRODUCER Jose Nolla, Gonzalo Salazar Simpson & David Naranjo, Manuel Martin Cuenca
CAST Javier Gutierrez, Maria Leon, Antonio de la Torre, Adriana Paz, Tenoch Huerta


Alvaro dreams of becoming a great writer, but he is incapable of producing anything other than tedious, pretentious drivel. He works as a clerk for a notary in Seville and his passion for writing is the only thing that brightens up his otherwise dull existence. His wife Amanda couldn't be more different. She's always been down-to-earth and never dreamed of becoming a writer, yet she's the one whose first novel ends up being a best-seller. Just one of life's little ironies...

The couple's separation is inevitable and acts as the push Alvaro needs to finally realise his dream of writing a great novel. But when he finally sits down to write, he can't do it... He not only lacks talent, but imagination as well. Guided by his writing teacher, Juan, Alvaro discovers that truly great fiction is drawn from reality and so embarks on a mission to create his own story. By manipulating his friends and neighbours, Alvaro gets his plot, but will his true story have a happy ending...?

Critics Reviews

The Motive is really smart stuff — cleverly structured and plotted, with moments of real wisdom.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The result is a film that’s as smart as it is labyrinthine, as dark as it is light and as deep as it is superficial. Faced with this strange beast, hilarity ensues; a hilarity which only increases the more serious and tragic the film gets.” EL MUNDO

The Motive managed to achieve that rare thing of keeping me glued to the screen for a couple of hours, totally immersed in the story I’m being told, surprising me with its imaginative, yet perverse, twists and turns and to top it all off, making me laugh too.” EL PAIS

“Each character, each situation, each intention is just damn funny. This film boasts an impressive creativity which advances in parallel with a story that exceeds everyone’s expectations... Theirs and ours.” ABC