One day, Clemente is left with a newborn: the outcome of a fling with a disappeared prostitute. While Clemente looks for the mother, his devoted neighbor Sofia takes care of the baby. Through the arrival of both, Clemente ponders the emotional attachments he never had.
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A subtle and well crafted dark comedy about a loan shark whose life is stuck in a rut until he finds a newborn baby abandoned in his bedroom, a product of a liason with a prostitute. Uses deadpan humor to shade its tale of redemption with humanity and understated emotion. An unexpected joy.
5/10. Great Peruvian deadpan humour. But: tediously slow cutting, a half-baked script, and terrible lighting decisions. The story centres on this moneylender's nearly windowless, rundown flat in Lima – dark walls, old furniture, etc. We get many long shots from inside this place, in an operatic aspect ratio. That's kind of interesting. But then the flat is also lit up like a TV studio. That just ruins it for me.
Except for the same baby crying sound that kept repeating redundantly, this film is brilliant. You don't even need to follow the subtitles (if you are not a Spanish native) I'm looking forward to watch more films by the Vega brothers.
Una historia sencilla de un hombre sin vínculos emocionales que termina humanizándose a través de una serie de incidentes circunstanciales. Su estilo parco y sutil, por no decir minimalista, nos remite al cine de Bresson, Kaurismaki y Kitano. Un prometedor debut.