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402 Ratings


Directed by Gastón Solnicki
Argentina, 2011


A portrait of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki’s family over the course of the second half of the 20th century, Papirosen follows four generations still troubled by a war that’s never spoken of.

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Papirosen Directed by Gastón Solnicki
It’s quite possible to settle comfortably into the viewpoint of his loving gaze and treat the film as a 74-minute compilation of gorgeous home movies. But that would be unfair to the filmmaking accomplishment of Solnicki… who ultimately pared down over 200 hours of footage, spanning a decade; and who emerged with a poignant documentary about the legacy of a traumatic past as experienced across four generations.
January 24, 2014
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In “Papirosen,” the Argentine filmmaker Gastón Solnicki trains his camera on four generations of his wildly volatile Jewish family, folding 10 years of modern footage into a visual collage that covers more than half a century. Instead of a dignified stroll down genealogy lane, Mr. Solnicki has made a sparking, gossipy soap opera that’s riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.
January 23, 2014
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…Solnicki avoids such gaucheness to be so evident in Papirosen by effacing his physical self from his own self-ethnography and by avoiding to choose protagonists. His mapping out his family’s narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed. While Polley tried to straighten out secrets and lies in Stories We Tell, and Tarnation somatized the schizophrenia of its very subject (Caouette’s mother), Parpirosen offers us simplicity and contemplation as a form of inquiry.
January 20, 2014
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