2011. ETA announces the end of the armed struggle. Bittori (Elena Irureta) returns to the province of Guipuscoa, in “deep Euskadi”. Her return to the village worries and divides: years earlier, her husband, Txato, was assassinated there because he could not pay the revolutionary tax. An act that destroyed two families, that of the deceased, whose children mourn poorly (a girl who fled, a son who refuses all happiness), and that of Miren (Ane Gabarain), whose son Joxe Mari gave body and soul to the struggle for independence. Joxian, the mutic father, best friend of Txato, Arantxa, the daughter victim of a stroke, Gorka, the second son, refractory to arms, all are devastated by the tragedy. The mother, she unfailingly supports her son and the martyrs of the people …
A subject refocused around two women
The climate of Patria is oppressive. One can imagine, as Aramburu did when writing the original work, the weight of secrets on this “land of the silent”, between the personal trajectories shattered by the attacks (between 829 and 858 dead, according to the sources), the families victims such as relatives of imprisoned activists who allow themselves to be devoured by grief … A reality too complex to be dealt with in a broad shot. The authors had the good idea to refocus the subject around these two women. Friends, never involved in the struggle for independence, the circumstances will make Miren a fervent patriot, Bittori an infrequent traitor, united in the same misfortune for an unbearable duel from a distance (they will not meet again until the last episode).
Patria, sure Canal Plus. Monday 23 November, at 9 p.m.