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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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
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.