Quién fue Pedro?
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"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide." Albert Camus
The story goes around Peter, a successful businessman, father of a family, who commits suicide, apparently without any reason. His first wife, his current wife, two children of different mothers, employees and close friends, asked themselves about who Peter, really, was.
While trying to understand the impossible, the human being as a whole, each character is forced to rethink who they were for Peter and as for themselves.
At the same time, his heritage and legacy, doesn' t do anything but break the balance between each relationship, exposing the deep desires and miseries of each relationship and of oneself.
Who was Pedro? It's a film about the desperate search of who we are for others and for ourselves, as well.
We tend to suffer in advance while trying to avoid pain at the point of ,eventually, commiting suicide.
We have been rehearsing, based on improvisations, with a group of thirteen actors for twelve months now.
The aim of these improvisations all throughout the scenes, is that each character must pursue a goal without knowing in advance the will of the other characters.
The improvisations always pursue a goal imposed by the director-scriptwriter whoch each actor tries to fulfill during the development of the improvised scenes. Most of the time, these goals get in conflict with other character of the story. While the conception that each character has of himself comes into conflict in each of the scenes. As an example, while one character wishes to kiss another the latter aims to reject him. The surprise and authenticity will come from how the actors / characters react to every conflict.
When the improvisation begins none of the actors knows the objective of the others. Therefore, at the time that an actor is involved in a scene all the other actors needed to react "improvising", such as in life, to the behaviour of others without losing sight of their oun emotional aim.
The English filmmaker Mike Leigh is one of the best exponents of this method of writing and directing actors. The script appears from this type of work throughout very long rehearsals.
The actors will only discover the objectives and conflicts of the other characters when shooting the scenes. The rehearsals and improvisations will help to build each character in a deep and authentical way, but it will not allow them (as in life) to anticipate the reactions of the others, since they will not have access to the full script of the story.
The choice of the topics for creating and questioning eahch character arises naturally as an excuse to cover practically all primary emotions: jealousy, envy, hate, sexual pleasure and anguish.