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Critics reviews
The Wandering Soap Opera
Filled with wordplay, bizarre exchanges, and dark prophecies, the episodes become progressively more dreamlike and mysterious, shading from comedy to something ominous and poetic.
May 30, 2019
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“The Wandering Soap Opera,” shot in fuzzy-gumdrop colors on Super 16-millimeter film, offers a portal into that world, a series of sketches by a master whose work always rewards discovery.
May 15, 2019
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A gift for Ruiz fans. In a somewhat Borgesian paradox, which seems entirely characteristic, the film can be seen as a sort of sequel to the director’s actual final film, Night Across the Street (2012), a quasi-autobiographical last return to his Chilean roots and memories, also premiered after his death in 2011.
February 09, 2018
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Clearly relishing the stylistic leeway afforded by the genre—the film’s prismatic color palette and exaggerated decoupage provide enough aesthetic pleasures to make one mourn yet again the absence of one of cinema’s great stylists—Ruiz takes as fanciful an approach to the film’s visual design as he does its object of critique.
September 01, 2017
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In the funny and perverse Wandering Soap Opera, the arch conventions of TV have seeped into the real world and vice versa until everyone not only is a star in his or her own strange show, but is aware of and watches the shows others star in. Most (all?) of the film’s specific play with and parody of Latin American soaps was lost on me, but what came across wonderfully was the thrilling unity of adoration for popular pulp and dismay at a reality warping before the power of televised melodrama.
August 12, 2017
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