2006. Argentina. Rodrigo Moreno. 95 min.
Monday, January 21, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2006. Argentina. Directed by Rodrigo Moreno. With Julio Chávez, Osmar Núñez, Marcelo D'Andrea. The remarkable character actor Julio Chávez disappears into the nearly silent role of a middle-aged bodyguard to an important politician. Cleverly paced and slow-burning, Moreno's masterfully wrought psychological thriller offers a mesmerizing portrait of a man who disappears into his surroundings. The repetitious details of daily routines, the faceless dedication of servitude, the thoughtless humiliations by superiors, and the tiny, guilty moments of private need and humanity are all captured in a series of long shots and carefully framed compositions. The measured movements of Chávez's alienated Ruben are destined to reach a breaking point, when this shadow can no longer deny his own repressed feelings. In Spanish; English subtitles. 95 min.