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Metaal en melancholie (1994)

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In 1992, Peru was just emerging from one of its darkest moments in its entire Republican History (1821- onwards). A cataclysmic economic meltdown and over 10 years of death and conflict ... See full summary »


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In 1992, Peru was just emerging from one of its darkest moments in its entire Republican History (1821- onwards). A cataclysmic economic meltdown and over 10 years of death and conflict brought upon by the criminal Shining Path guerrilla had left deep scars in the Peruvian population. Furthermore, Alberto Fujimori had just dissolved the congress and senate in order to obtain extraordinary faculties and implement harsh economic measures. Is amidst this critical moment in Peru's history that filmmaker Heddy Honigmann chronicles the views and lives of 14 real life taxi drivers in Lima. They represent the perseverance and ingenuity with which the everyday man survived and overcame the turbulence of the times in order to achieve advancement for themselves and their families. Written by Juan Carlos G.

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Peru is made of metal and melancholy See more »


Documentary | Drama





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5 April 1995 (USA)  »

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Metal and Melancholy  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jorge Rodríguez Paz is a real life actor in Peru and has appeared in all the titles he describes in the film as well as in other famous films ( 'What the Eye Doesn't See' from 2003 and 'The Motorcycle Diaries' from 2004 among others) later on. See more »


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the lack of a DVD edition
28 March 2008 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

It's about 14 years I saw this wonderful film, in the Portuguese TV. Five years later, I reviewed it in Film School with a different perspective, as I had the opportunity to feel such atmosphere in Cuba, few months before. Heddy Honigmann's approach to the passenger POV inside a taxi in Lima (Peru) is quite similar the experience you can have traveling inside a taxi in Havana. The old models, rebuilt to the last part, as a living frame to the city, as an itinerant exhibition in the gallery of colors, lights, sounds and faces of the daily beat. Barely, we get out of the cars. The city itself, is a living entity that interacts with the viewer without asking permission. For every driver, we get a new puzzle piece - a new intimate narrative - which allows us to understand the beliefs and the expectations of those people.

Fourteen years have passed after my first screening and I cannot see the moment that I will substitute my Portuguese subtitled and incomplete TV recording I made on VHS in 1994 by a fine edition on DVD... I hope.

------------- (2010 review)

For the occasion of a full retrospective of her work and a tender Masterclass at Indie Lisboa Festival, that will be kept dearly in our memories, the Portuguese publisher Midas edited a box with four titles which includes Metaal en Melancholie.

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