Imbued with the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson filtered through the sensibilities of Jorge Luis Borges and Thomas Pynchon, three unconnected, voiceover-narrated tales each starts off innocently enough and then veers into ever stranger, more fascinating realms: a labyrinth of side-steps and sub-plots, an “ocean of stories” revealing surprise after surprise: a murder, maps, monoliths, legends, betrayals, cover-ups, multiple identities, a disappeared treasure of gold, and much, much more. —Cinequest
Mariano Llinás was born in Buenos Aires in 1975 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Universidad del Cine, where he now teaches. After making many short films, he made his first feature, Balnearios (seen at BAFICI 2002), followed by the short La más bella niña, in 2004, and the feature El humor (pequeña enciclopedia ilustrada), co-directed with Ignacio Masllorens, in 2006. With his production company, El Pampero Cine, he produced El amor (primera parte) (BAFICI 2004) and Opus (BAFICI 2005, which he also co-wrote). His film, Historias Extraordinarias, was exhibited at the BAFICI 10º and was very well received by the public and critics. —artshound.com
The four hours fly by. A wonderful film that at first seems to be about mysteries, conspiracies and assassins, instead reveals itself to be about something much more down to earth - the essentiality of human interaction and the boundless adventures and stories that lie everywhere around us. A movie that makes the fantastic ordinary and the mundane extraordinary. A real treat.
Cierto, nos recuerda al Stevenson de "New Arabian Nights" y "The Dynamiter". Y al Pynchon de "The Crying of Lot 49". El cine, entrando a saco en la literatura. ¿O será al contrario? Toda posibilidad cabe aquí, entre ríos, pastizales, caminos polvorientos, clubes hípicos abandonados, ciudades soñadas, el día, la noche y el crepúsculo de los caminantes...
Three things spring to mind when viewing this. 1) This is the closest equivalent to Thomas Pychon’s novels in cinematic form I have seen yet. 2) Where is the DVD release in any English speaking country? 3) That this is an incredible, fun and thoughtful gem, about mysteries and the unrevealing of them, revealing also how we as human beings perceive the world around us, that stands out as unique and an accomplishment.
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Mariano Llinás’ expansive offering, Historias Extraordinarias (2008) is another vibrant example of the intelligent and impassioned films being crafted lately by a youthful generation of Argentinian… read review
Fantasies for the deployed working man. X, Z, and H are Sons of Man, and the narrator is Satan. If I didn’t speak Spanish, I would have put masking tape on the screen to hide the subtitles (and missed… read review
For some filmmakers exhaustion, discomfort and physical experience of seating through a long movie are tools that they use for achieving certain purposes. In Llinás’ film these things have no meaning… read review