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Los Muertos

2004

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  • This 2004 feature is the second by Lisandro Alonso (La Libertad), a singular and essential figure of the Argentinean new wave; he's not quite the minimalist some claim, but he can make the simple act of filming feel so monumental that storytelling seems secondary... Vargas and the wilderness are such great camera subjects that a sense of quiet revelation is nearly constant.

  • The privileging of mood over narrative can make for frustrating viewing (It's hard to tell, in fact, whether certain scenes take place in reality or dreams), but Alonso is a cannier storyteller than he first lets on. The details observed along Vargas' upriver journey accumulate in revelations of character as shocking as any of the film's brutality.

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