A Sad and Vulgar Loner

Un vulgar i trist solitari

By Efthymia Zymvragaki

Written by Efthymia Zymvragaki

Produced by Gris Medio
Thurnfilm GmbH

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Tenerife, Canary Islands. In his family house, Ernesto (58) is rehearsing with actors to recreate and film parts of his autobiography, A Sad and Vulgar Loner. This is what he calls himself as well as any violent and abusive man. Like his father.
When Ernesto was a child his father would beat and threaten his wife and children. When Ernesto had his first serious relationship as an adult, it turned out he had inherited the same pattern of violence. When he ended up in the psychiatric hospital, after trying to kill his own wife and son, he blamed the victims for his acts. It took decades of abusive behaviour in relationships with different partners until he recognised he had an issue. In his book, Ernesto writes about his past and his present struggle to heal. When he asks Efi, a filmmaker, to help him turn the book into a fiction film, she convinces him to let her make a documentary film on his directorial debut.
But what happens when an abusive man speaks out?



  • Documentary
  • 90 '
  • +16
  • Digital 5.1 Dolby Stereo
  • Colour
  • 1:85 4 K
  • Spanish