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2.7
10 Ratings

Toponymy

Toponimia

Directed by Jonathan Perel
Argentina, 2015
Documentary

Synopsis

Toponymy is the study of the origins of place names. In this film, Jonathan Perel shows us a visual variation on this. He looks at four places in the west of the Argentine province of Tucuman.

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Toponymy Directed by Jonathan Perel
Jonathan Perel offers a quiet, and dark, historical investigation in this structural, rhythmic portrayal of four planned “towns” of the 1970s where Argentina’s military dictatorship systematically relocated anti-government rebels for surveillance and control. Perel methodically unspools a quartet of hypnotic sequences… A haunting wordless indictment.
October 10, 2016
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…These settlements, built for surveillance, are themselves being surveilled in Perel’s remarkable film—the undisputed highlight of First Look’s middle weekend.
January 15, 2016
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Every ounce of effort on the part of the viewer yields rich rewards, not least because of the elegantly exact compositional sense that marks the widescreen images. Indeed, it’s easy to become drawn into — even perhaps a little bit obsessed with — what is simultaneously a serious and sober engagement with a nation’s troubled past, and also an elaborate memory puzzle whose dry, enigmatic humor would surely have tickled Perel’s illustrious countryman Jose Luis Borges.
July 20, 2015
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