Holy Camp! (La llamada)
Release year: 2017
Director: Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo
Screenwriters: Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo (based on their play by the same name)
Starring: Macarena Carcía, Anna Castillo, Belén Cuesta, Gracia Olayo, Richard Collins-Moore, Mará Isabel Díaz lago
Two rebellious teens, María (Garcá) and Susana (Castillo), spend their summer in a catholic camp where they sneak out to pursue their hope to become discovered as singers. But when God appears to María it changes everything.
Ambrossi and Calvo has created this Spanish musical comedy based on their own musical play. A rather silly story is saved by the great amount of charm possessed by the leading ladies García (Blancanieves, 2012) and Castillo (El Olivo, 2016) and refreshingly non-stereotype nuns. For some strange reason they have chosen the English born Collins-Moore (Perfume: The Story of a Murder, 2006) to play God, but the actor played him on stage as well and with a great voice and charming warmth he is a great asset to the movie and you quickly find yourself longing as much for his re-appearance as Marìa. The original songs are not the kind that will stick with your mind, instead you will be humming Whitney Houston songs, especially ‘I Have Nothing’ which Collins-Moore does an impressive take on. Sweet and quirky it is definitely worth a watch for fans of the genre, if not for any other reason than seeing something different otherwise watch it for Collins-moore’s glittery God.
Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo initially didn’t want to direct this film, and tried to get other directors to direct it. The phrase “Lo hacemos y ya vemos”, which is said in the play, was what motivated the duo to write and direct the movie themselves.