"El Hoyo" is a Spanish Netflix film that applies an excellent metaphor to reflect on during this quarantine.
In the future , prisoners are housed in vertical cells, observing how prisoners in the upper cells are fed while those below die of starvation . A jungle of survival where there are only three types of people: those who are above, those who are below and those who decide to jump, unable to endure that agony any longer.
This is one of those Netflix movies that has managed to capture the attention of its users and become a resounding success during its first days on the platform, proof of this is that "El Hoyo" has not left the top 3 of Netflix trending and the most viewed content of its entire catalog.
This Spanish film comes to do a little awareness and reflection in these difficult times where everyone is in the midst of a health crisis due to Covid-19 , which has caused the contagion of thousands of people and also, that the governments of different countries take extreme measures to control the crisis; mandatory quarantines , indefinite closings of public establishments, event cancellations, airport closings, etc. But also, the same panic that this situation generates and that has led to bring out the worst in society in many places.
"El Hoyo" is a social criticism that reflects selfishness and inequality , the way of survival of some and how others take advantage of what is given to them without any effort. A clear example of what is currently happening in the world, where panic purchases have brought out that selfish society that hoards toilet paper and other supplies, leaving so many other people who cannot afford purchases of such magnitude, without nothing.
The same happens in "El Hoyo" , where all this can be interpreted through the platform full of food that descends floor after floor, and where people who are in prison must consume the leftovers of those from above to subsist, although this means humiliation.
The film is the directorial debut of Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, so he has been recognized for this story that has recently impacted Netflix users. He won 4 awards at the Sitges Festival and has received very good reviews from critics.
In summary, it is a brilliant metaphor about society that can be very well applied for the current moment in which the world finds itself, and with it reflect a little on what we do as a society in this situation, and which of the 3 types of people we are.
"El Hoyo" has been available since February 21 on Netflix .