Oriol Paulo surprised Netflix subscribers with his film The curved lines of god / LOS RENGLONES TORCIDOS DE DIOS. This adaptation of the best-selling novel left more than one speechless, in particular thanks to its chaotic finale.
The director has chosen to decipher it for you during an interview with Netflix Spain.
The curved lines of god / LOS RENGLONES TORCIDOS DE DIOS is a thriller that offers you an immersion in a psychiatric hospital of the 70s. A very dark and disturbing world in which Alice Gould evolves. This seemingly sane woman who pretends to be crazy or who may really be, it is difficult to determine is ready to do anything to get out of this hell. Moreover, his mental health represents the whole issue of this feature film.
Once finished, it raised many questions so the director and co-screenwriter chose to answer a few questions. However, you will quickly be able to see that he has a very clear opinion that he prefers to keep to himself…
If you haven’t seen the film yet, we invite you to read our article on the subject and not to go further in this interview…
Oriol Paulo talks about the origins of LOS RENGLONES TORCIDOS DE DIOS
What made you want to adapt this novel into a feature film?
It is mainly Alice Gould who is interpreted by Barbara Lennie which made me want to make this film. In the book, the reader constantly doubts the facts surrounding this character as well as what is going on. In the film, this is what I wanted to translate so that the spectator, once facing his screen, experiences the same sensation as the reader. I wanted to recreate this duality of the character in the fact that you never know if she is telling the truth or if she is lying. Ultimately, you never know who is telling the truth in this story.
How did you work on this passage from the book to the film?
I worked on the film adaptation of Los Renglones Torcidos De Dios with a co-screenwriter who is Guillem Clua (Smileys) with the idea from the start of respecting the spirit of the original work, but we still wanted to succeed in translating it in a certain way into a cinematographic language and above all to make it a contemporary film.
What was the biggest challenge of this film?
The big challenge we had with the adaptation is that the novel is mostly told through the character’s inner monologue. Translating that to the screen was a big challenge. Finally while working, we had the feeling that it was not the path that we had to take.
In search of the truth:
Did that affect the ending of the novel?
This change respects the end of the novel even if it ends with an internal monologue. While respecting the story, we kind of tried to make an ending that would be more modern and consistent with the line of adaptation that we chose and that guided the making of this film.
What is your vision of history?
I believe that the story has two moments which are, so to speak, key moments: the beginning and the arrival in the psychiatric hospital. She is accompanied by a doctor whose face changes according to the versions of the story. Then, there is a letter in which we are told that he is a person with an almost supernatural intelligence and who has the answer to everything. Personally, I would say that in the end she has no answer…
Finally for you, who is telling the truth?
There are two versions of the facts, there is the version told to us by the character of Alice Gould interpreted by Barbara Lennie and there’s Samuel Alvar’s version of the character who is played by Eduard Fernandez. What is clear is that she had contact with Doctor Donadío who is the family doctor. It is this doctor who appears at the end of the film. From there, I think the possible end is only one…
The curved lines of god / LOS RENGLONES TORCIDOS DE DIOS has won 6 nominations for the Premios Goya (the equivalent of the Césars in Spain) and remains available on the platform netflix.