When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with whom he has a prickly relationship.
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Uruguay is like the Finland of South America, and Whisky is a work of Kaurismaki-an genius. Deadpan and all the funnier (and also sadder) because of it, Whisky is a gem with strong performances from the three leads. I like the fact that so many things are left unsaid and unexplained in the film, like the characters' lives extend far beyond the frame of the film, and that we're just spying on them for a few days.
This is one of my all time favorite deadpan comedies, its simplicity is one its many virtues. It definitely builds on the promise of 25 Watts. Fans of Jim Jarmusch and Samuel Beckett should check this out. Descanse en paz, Juan Pablo Rebella.
Qu'on se le dise, c'est un film pour neurasthénique, dont la profonde dépression ne pourra que vous faire hurler de rire. Et en même temps, qu'elle finesse dans la perception des rapports humains, de la solitude et de l'égoïsme. On finit par voir qu'il reste encore un peu d'humanité dans ces robots asociaux que nous sommes tous.
This is the only Uruguayan film I've ever seen, and I saw it by chance (a filler between two screenings at some film festival I was attending) without knowing anything before the screening. It was such a joy to discover a funny & wonderful 'unknown' little film with the spirit and humour of Jacques Tati.