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14 May 2008 (USA) See more »
Set in 1935, a couple of aged smallholders are waiting for their son, for rain, for better days. | Add synopsis »
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Ramon Del Rio ... Ramón
Georgina Genes ... Candida
Jorge López ... Hijo

Directed by
Paz Encina 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paz Encina 

Produced by
Simon Field .... executive producer
Keith Griffiths .... executive producer
Christoph Hahnheiser .... co-producer (as Christoph Meyer-Wiel)
Ilse Hughan .... producer
Gabriela Sabaté .... producer
Marianne Slot .... producer
Lita Stantic .... co-producer
Carolina Urbieta .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Óscar Cardozo Ocampo 
Cinematography by
Willi Behnisch 
Film Editing by
Miguel Schverdfinger 
Art Direction by
Carlos Sapatuza 
Set Decoration by
Carlos Spatuzza 
Sound Department
Guido Berenblum .... sound
Mauricio Castañeda .... foley artist
Roberto Espinoza .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Heusser .... foley recordist
Lisandro Rumeau .... assistant sound editor
Victor Alejandro Tendler .... sound
Marcela Turjanski .... dialogue editor
Other crew
Marie Sonne-Jensen .... assistant to producer
Lisandro Alonso .... thanks
Gilles Jacob .... thanks
Joaquim Jordà .... thanks (as Joaquín Jordà)

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Also Known As:
"Hamaca paraguaya" - Argentina (original title)
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78 min
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Minimalist movie, 10 October 2012
Author: hof-4 from United States

Most of the movie consists of the dialogues of an old Paraguayan Indian couple, Ramón and Cándida. These (uncannily true to life) dialogues are in Guaraní (the copy I saw had Spanish subtitles). They face the end of their hard lives and by tacit accord they have suppressed or modified episodes that are too terrible to contemplate or remember. For most of the movie we see and hear them speaking sitting in a hammock in a jungle clearing; they are small figures in a long shot (always the same except for ambient light) and their faces are barely visible. The other characters in the movies are only heard, not seen; in a shot we see Ramón sitting and we hear Cándida speaking with somebody (both off-screen). In another shot Cándida is sitting doing some chores and we hear a voice-over of herself and a postman corresponding to a recent episode in her life. The camera settings are static, and they are very few scene changes.

It is very seldom that we watch a completely original movie. This is one. Its minimalism somewhat reminds you of that of Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (he is thanked in the credits) but this movie is quite different from Alonso's work. It succeeds brilliantly; in spite of is slowness it grabs your attention from the beginning and leads you to an intensely moving ending.

Unfortunately the movie is not yet available in a Region 1 DVD. You mat catch it in festivals or in You Tube. It is a must-see, a movie that defies successfully every cinema convention, a work that invents its own language.

This is director Paz Encina second credit (the first is a short). It is deplorable that she has not made any movie since Paraguayan Hammock; we hope to see more of her work in the near future.

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