Looking for extras and locations, a filmmaker settles on Chiloé, the second largest island off the coast of Chile. He does auditions, but mainly listens patiently to the stories of young and old people. As an outsider, he cautiously searches for the soul of the community and its underlying tensions.
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He aquí un notorio ejemplo de confianza en el cine como dispositivo ideal para la exploración del mundo. Como si de dos operarios Lumière se tratara, la dupla Torres Leiva/Aguero va a la búsqueda de todas las historias posibles y casi siempre las encuentran, no sin develar ciertas tensiones que no solo expresan ciertos conflictos sociales sino que tambien renuevan una vieja lucha: la de la ficción y el documental.
I started watching the film for the sake of the cute baby that I saw in the film's presentation. I liked the people I met on the island and what they told about their lives; however, I didn't like the attitude of the man who did the interviews. He seemed too bored all through the film.
(3.5 stars) The photography in this film is truly beautiful in the framing and shot selection itself. It's uniquely interesting because it is about a filmmaker scouting locations for a film and holding casting call interviews for high school students to be in the film. Also includes many chats with locals that he meets in his location scouting. So it's a movie about the preproduction of a movie. Pretty fascinating.
Lovely and calm travelogue about a part of the world I knew nothing about. A gentleness pervades the interviews and lends a feeling that everyone is safe. Usually, there's a sense that the outsiders are coming to film and will leave a mess behind. Here it felt as though the people and land were being appropriately respected. Thanks, MUBI!
Not unlike another Mubi find, Moullet's Land of Madness, Leiva explores the geography in the hope of explaining something of its people and their history. The photography of the Chilean island is exquisite but the meta doco format feels aimless, the fictional film unexplored within the boundaries of the story being told. A shame given the camera invited into the houses proves engaging.