Diego’s job is counting people as they enter a large government building. After work, he and his wife Blanca lie on the couch, watch soap operas, or make love on the kitchen table. Their relationship is based on having sex, watching TV, and fighting, until one day their routine is interrupted.
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When I first saw that movie I couldn't shake the feeling it had terrible acting. But as I started paying more attention I started to see how close to reality it actually is. At the end our characters are moved by love, fear and loneliness.
This starts at as a dark deadpan type comedy and reminded me of Whisky and also Battle In Heaven and then transcends into something completely unexpected. One of the most enigmatic thought provoking climaxes to a film I have seen this year. Outstanding!
Alienation at its best. A guy whose job is to count people who enter a building, losing all kind of affection to substitute it with masturbation or a breakfast alone, and then trying to find himself as a human again, unable to believe his daughter is treated like any piece of garbage thrown somewhere. Very effective cinema
Excelente película para saber cómo NO hacer diálogos y cómo hacer del uso de actores no profesionales una debilidad más que una fortaleza. Imposible generar empatía ni crear lazos con unos personajes tan tiesos e inverosímiles.
Evidentemente no son actores, son personajes de la vida diaria, bajo circunstancias jodidas. Sujetos atados a una rutina que pudiera llegar a ser interesante; sin embrago no siento que exista esa podredumbre que aparentemente les envuelve, todo es demasiado plano. En definitiva no me encanta, me parece linda historia pero no me conmueve ni tantito.
Amat Escalante, as he has shown, has a knack for mixing the mundane with the shocking. But on his first feature, the everlasting scenes and the ineffective non-actors direction (sometimes on the verge of unintentionally funny) mostly withdraws the possible effects he's aiming to.
Dolorosa como la realidad que busca retratar, incómoda como las representaciones de los personajes inmersos en ella y miserable como la insana necesidad por sentir que somos dueños de las personas a las que nos atamos.