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Film / Extraterrestre

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Extraterrestre (or in English markets Extraterrestrial), is a 2011 Spanish Dramedy.

Julio wakes up in an apartment in Cantabria, Spain with no memory of what happened the night before. He finds a beautiful woman, Julia, in the kitchen making coffee and offers to leave. As he is getting ready to go the two notice there is no traffic in the streets and quickly notice an Ominous Floating Spaceship over the city. Eventually Julia's neighbor Angel comes over to check on her, and then things are complicated when her boyfriend Carlos arrives.

Not to be confused with the science fiction-horror film Extraterrestrial (2014) or the Speculative Documentary Extraterrestrial (2005).


Tropes in this film

  • Alien Invasion: The aliens have certainly arrived. There's no actual "normal" invasion going on, however — if any.
  • Broken Record: Angel really wants everyone to know Julio is fucking Julia.
  • Can't Stop The Signal: A group of refugees are broadcasting on the UHF band.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Three out of the four major characters all live in the same building.
  • Cozy Catastrophe: Everyone has been evacuated from the town, the power keeps running for a long time, plenty of supplies.
  • Depopulation Bomb: See Cozy Catastrophe, above.
  • The Ghost: The Alien spacecraft are absolutely there, no question. The aliens never come out.
  • Implacable Man: Angel has the whole city to himself. Why is he dead set on annoying Julio on Julia? He just won't stop, though.
  • Left Hanging: The aliens are just there to provide a motivation for the human plots. You never find out why they were there. The aliens never come out or contact the humans.
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  • Low-Angle Empty World Shot: Carlos and Julia's apartment is conveniently on a little-used alley, allowing them to film during busy days. When they are out in the streets they avoid shots without buildings in the immediate background.
  • Mr. Exposition: Angel serves as this, having watched TV until the signal went out, and the Carlos arrives and tells more.
  • Minimalist Cast: A grand total of seven visible characters - two of those are just two people in a car with a sign on it seen for a moment.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Angel hangs around his peephole often. ...and later uses technology to listen from across the street.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: It sets the plot in motion. ...And does little else.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Really with aliens, etc you would think Julia's affair would be the least concern - but it drives the plot and the lies add up.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why the aliens are there is never explained.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Julio and Julia slept through the alien's arrival.
  • They Look Like Us Now: Some humans are leaping to this conclusion. If it is real is left to the viewer.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Neither Julio or Julia remember clearly what happened the night before.