Matt Zoller Seitz
Elmore Leonard once said that the key to telling an exciting story was leaving out the parts that people skip. The Don Quixote adaptation Quxiotic/Honor de Cavalleria is composed of little else.
In adapting Miguel de Cervantess novel about the senile would-be knight, Don Quixote (Lluís Carbó), and his sidekick, Sancho Panza (Lluís Serrat), the films writer and director, Albert Serra, favors landscape imagery and natural sounds over dialogue and music.
Quixote meanders in fields of tall grass, inspects trees, ignores flies crawling on his armor or stares off into the distance while Sancho sits patiently, awaiting orders. This films opening section observes Quixote waiting for Sancho to fix a piece of his armor, then asking Sancho to make him a laurel wreath.