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THE WINDOW (La Ventana)
"Sorin has constructed a reflective poem, one that's never solemn, always insightful and sometimes hilarious" -Variety
Critics' Pick! -New York Times
"A moving tale of memory and regret, held together by beautiful performances and delicate direction" -New York Magazine
"Dialogue and plot are sparse, but such contrivances are unimportant when the acting is superb and the pastoral cinematography, by Julian Apezteguia, is breathtaking" -New York Post
Recommended! "Sorín evokes the essence of Patagonian landscape but also measures out smaller moments, gestures in confined spaces that make for appealing and often moving contrast" -NewCity Chicago
"There's something to be said for working on a small scale... One might say that not much happens in this film, but it might be more correct to say that everything that happens matters deeply" -TimeOut Chicago
"Sorín maintains the proper atmosphere of somber calm, wringing potency from such simple scenes as Laretta getting a haircut, or him being fussed over by a pair of teenage girls, or him retrieving a 40-year-old bottle of champagne from his locked cabinet" -Onion AV Club
"I try to hold on to it, for fear of losing it forever," reflects 80-year-old Antonio, recalling the image of a babysitter from his childhood that came to him in a dream. From the very beginning of Argentine filmmaker Carlos Sorín's The Window, we are acutely aware of the ever-forward motion of time -- the inescapable, progressive path that consistently delivers the present to the past. The significance of this is not lost on the bedridden Antonio, determined to prepare a perfect homecoming for his long-estranged son, who left the old Patagonian hacienda for Europe many years earlier in pursuit of a career as a concert pianist. As he waits for his son's visit, confined to his room by doctor's orders, a look out the window stirs within him the desire for one last walk through his fields, the need to relish the loveliness of the landscape and once again experience the vibrancy of life. The Window is not only a moving meditation, but also an elegantly lyrical and humanistic film. Distinguished Argentine filmmaker Carlos Sorín (Bombón, El Perro) once again trains his camera on the small stories written by life, on the humanity behind human beings. By casting the great Uruguayan writer and scriptwriter Antonio Larreta in the lead role, Sorín establishes a link between fiction and reality that makes the protagonist's fears, hopes and wishes even more palpable.
Directed by Carlos Sorín, Argentina/Spain, 2008, 35mm, 85 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.