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Metal and Melancholy

Metaal en melancholie

Niederlande, 1993

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Heddy Honigmann’s documentary focuses on the travels and stories of taxi drivers in Lima, Peru in the early 1990’s. Following an economic collapse, many middle-class professionals have taken to using their own cars and moonlighting as taxi-drivers at night.

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Metal and Melancholy Regie Heddy Honigmann


I was continuously fascinated by the amount of taxis and how many people are supplying their normal income from their daily jobs with their taxis, or the women who haven’t had another chance after they had a child, and thus this becomes more than a portrait of who are the taxi drivers in Peru and more an ethnographic work of the best kind, with the most indirect approach, but at the same time becoming closer to any other kind of documentary could.
June 08, 2015
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  • tidal waif's rating of the film Metal and Melancholy

    3,5 This film’s been on my waitlist for awhile because I saw Peter Delpeut on the production board, a man whose poetic found footage films (some rescued from Amsterdam attics) confess that daintier than beauty is the decay of beauty, its erratic migration beyond the corset of initial form and calculated symmetries; + “Lyrical Nitrate” is among most euphonious extant titles that I know. “Metal & Melancholy” (the alloy

  • weinbrandbabsi's rating of the film Metal and Melancholy

    Told mostly from the dense perspective of inside a car, Honigmann follows those struck by the crisis into the everyday life of their streets. She composes wonderfully kind and individual portraits of the drivers, while painting a grim picture of the continuity of economic devastation and instability the country has been torn into. A wonderfully human brilliant piece of work.

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