The Pope’s impending visit to a small Uruguayan town stimulates a flurry of activity among the poorest residents, who hope to strike it rich by catering to the needs of the 50,000 expected pilgrims. Convinced that his idea is the best, one man uses up his family´s savings to build a paid toilet.
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Set in a small town in Uruguay (I believe it's one of Uruguay's poorest areas), this film tells a sad story about poverty and mainly hope, dreams, and the harsh reality of the world we live in. Very good cast and naturalistic acting. There are humorous elements, I wouldn't call this film a comedy though.
Poignant for the socio-economic impact of large scale events, such as religious gatherings and sport tournaments. Simple working class hardships are left void by the expectations of hopes and dreams. Depressing, especially considering Brasil 2014 WC. Yet the characters are likeable, each one of them, and sweeping, moving shots of the border/countryside really places the viewer in their world.
I loved the spirit of the film. The timeless parable of the Haves and Have Nots. The symbol of the modest bicycle and cyclists who share and support each other contrasting with the only character in the film who has a car, the selfish capitalist.
The film has a positive ending, almost similar to the ending of the Italian Job - We live in hope!
The irony of course being that the Pope is the richest of them all.
What a lovely, lovely film. Well acted by pros and amateurs alike. Beautifully crafted relationships. Such humane humour, such tension and such bathos. A poignant tribute and tonic to the human spirit.