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205 Ratings

From Afar

Desde allá

Directed by Lorenzo Vigas
Venezuela, Mexico, 2015
Drama, LGBTQ+


Wealthy middle-aged Armando lures young men to his home with money. He doesn’t want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. He also follows an elderly businessman with whom he seems to have had a traumatic relationship…

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From Afar Directed by Lorenzo Vigas
With this quietly stunning first feature, writer/director Lorenzo Vigas became the first Venezuelan to win Venice’s Golden Lion, in 2015. The achievement was far from a freakish anomaly. From Afar is an intelligent, daring, brilliantly constructed and acted film, announcing yet another Latin director who understands the virtue of restraint.
July 01, 2016
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It’s solidly put together, and earns a little extra kudos for the fact that it’s a debut feature, but the apparent precision of its construction isn’t enough to mask that it really doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny.
June 30, 2016
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The movie’s disquieting tone unfolds with a familiar kind of naturalism — devoid of soundtrack, it develops an engrossing reality filled with pregnant pauses and fragmented exchanges. There’s a palpable despair to this scenario rooted in the authenticity of its environment. Imagine neorealist staple Roberto Rossellini doing “Brokeback Mountain” and you might start to get the idea.
June 09, 2016
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