2008. Mexico. Enrique Rivero. 86 min.
Sunday, April 5, 2009, 1:30 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2008. Mexico. Directed by Enrique Rivero. Beto is a fit elderly gentleman who lives in an elegant urban villa in Mexico City. Surrounded by high walls, and with no family to look after, he ensconces himself in the luxurious solitude of his home. But this house does not belong to him. In fact he is merely the caretaker of a vacant property that has been on the market for ten years. "La Senora," the owner and one of his only two outside contacts (the other being the sweetly dedicated, over-the-hill call girl Lupe), announces that she has sold the only space on earth where Beto feels whole. This impending abandonment leads to stunning consequences. Director Enrique Rivero won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for this quiet debut that reverberates long after viewing. 86 min.