"Stoneraft" gathers five strangers who have been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with unusual powers. A teacher (Gabino Diego) is followed everywhere by a flock of starlings. A fisherman (Diogo Infante) tosses a small boulder that skips across the water like a pebble. A young woman (Ana Padrao) uses a walking stick to draw a line in the dirt that cannot be erased. A widow (Iciar Bollain) unraveling a blue sock ends up with a ball of wool that fills her barn. A pharmacist (Federico Luppi) can feel the earth tremble, which may be directly linked to the fact that the Iberian Peninsula has begun floating out to sea.
The intended magic realism is drab. After brief references to the British declaring sovereignty over Gibraltar and American scientists trying to literally sew the continent back together again, the story's vestigial irony quickly dissipates. As the quintet travels in search of answers, a rambling road movie ensues at a soporific pace. The plot's intriguing environmental and political changes are burdened by endless philosophizing--a meditative rather than irreverent approach to global catastrophe. Starring Federico Luppi, Iciar Bollain, Gabino Diego, Ana Padrao and Diogo Infante. Directed by George Sluizer. Written by Yvette Biro and George Sluizer. Produced by Fernando Bovaira and Luis Bordallo Silva. No distributor yet. Fantasy/Drama. Spanish-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 111 min.