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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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.
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.
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.
Voilà comment avec une intrigue minimaliste au possible, on peut faire une oeuvre grave et souvent bouleversante. Et l'on n'oubliera pas de si tôt un trio d'acteurs aussi étonnants de véracité humaine que ces derniers ! www.cinefiches.com
Even when playing a role we are at the mercy of the self-imposed rules of playing our part well. Family might be the ones who remember the people we once were, but often that's just a reflection that we're more eager to avoid. Such is the sad nature of no one saying what they mean.