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Vals (II) (2006)

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A ballet of construction workers sublimely dances Tchaikovsky's Swan lake. Vals is Official Selection at Rainier Independent Film Festival 2007. Vals (Waltz) was created under an unusual ... See full summary »

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A ballet of construction workers sublimely dances Tchaikovsky's Swan lake. Vals is Official Selection at Rainier Independent Film Festival 2007. Vals (Waltz) was created under an unusual set of circumstances. During three months, at the same time every morning, video was captured and edited following a strange set of actions and reactions executed in perfect synchronicity by construction workers in the midst of hard labor, often bordering futility and the inexplicable, such as move mud from one place to another. Vals can be dissected into layers, like peeling an onion or an artichoke. Beyond the obvious and hilarious contrast between the exquisite Swan's lake melody and the sweat pouring out from an intensive labor, rests a lesson of life. An accurate snapshot of the rigors demanded by existence in a modern society. Staged in a Caribbean island, far from the sophistication of other latitudes, Vals serves the purpose to remind us, that everyday life break backs and destroy souls. Luis ... Written by Cinema Barlovento, Editor

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16 February 2006 (Dominican Republic)  »

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Swan Lake
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Delightful short
26 May 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

A bunch of sweaty construction workers feverishly toil away at their job while the supremely lovely, graceful, and jaunty "Swan Lake" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky serenely plays throughout. Sound like nothing really special or memorable? Well, director/editor/cinematographer Luis Arambilet manages to effortlessly pull off an inspired marriage of the mundane with the sublime with truly stunning results. There's something about the juxtaposition of the hard pumping machines and men arduously digging ditches with the gorgeous happy classical music that's not only extremely striking and effective, but also oddly touching. Further blessed with sharp editing and breathtaking cinematography (the overhead shots in particular are simply stupendous), this one's a real treat to watch.


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