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A man chop down trees, organizes the trunks, clean them, stops to defecate, lunch, nap and continues to sell its timber. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Misael Saavedra ... Lumberjack
Humberto Estrada ... Foreman
Rafael Estrada ... Foreman's son
Omar Didino ... Wood buyer
Javier Didino ... Gas-station employee

Directed by
Lisandro Alonso 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lisandro Alonso 

Produced by
Hugo Alberto Alonso .... producer
Lisandro Alonso .... executive producer
Hernán Musaluppi .... associate producer
Martín Rejtman .... associate producer
Pablo Trapero .... associate producer
Original Music by
Juan Montecchia 
Cinematography by
Cobi Migliora 
Film Editing by
Lisandro Alonso 
Martín Mainoli 
Natalia Blajeroff (uncredited)
Production Design by
Lisandro Alonso 
Art Direction by
Lisandro Alonso 
Production Management
Laureano Alonso .... assistant production manager
Cristina Galdeano .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luciano Specos .... assistant director
Sound Department
Federico D'Auria .... sound
Catriel Vildosola .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mariano Arce .... assistant camera
Santiago Melazzini .... assistant camera
Cobi Migliora .... camera operator
Other crew
Natalia Blajeroff .... unspecified assistant
Hernán Musaluppi .... coordinator


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
a day in the woods, 27 February 2007
Author: birthdaynoodle from garbanzo

This is the first installment of Lisandro Alonso's trilogy: La Libertad, Los Muertos and Fantasma -- which literally translate to The Freedom, The Dead and Phantom. All three films are quite intriguing and very much worth watching. (Los Muertos is my personal favorite because it seems to flow most naturally, almost magically, like the river where it takes place; but I've come across an interview in which Alonso speaks of La Libertad as a more challenging and, in his view, more successful project.)

Throughout the trilogy, the Argentinean director/screenwriter manages to inspire in the audience a true sense of awe and mystery while working with very few, beautifully simple ideas; it is precisely the economic and lean nature of the "storytelling" (if one may call it this) that's most captivating.

In La Libertad, the camera appears to document a day in the life of a woodsman who survives in a state of near-complete isolation. (Curiously enough, the filmmaker has described the story as being not so much about a lumberjack, but about a person watching that lumberjack from a cinema - a concept which is later touched upon in Fantasma, the third part of the trilogy.)

If you're a viewer who enjoys slow movies and has a taste for subtlety and experimentation, don't miss this film.

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