While bed-ridden Antonio awaits a visit from his long-lost son, the alluring view of Patagonia from his window leads him to escape for one last stroll. Argentina. Spanish w/English ... See full summary »
While bed-ridden Antonio awaits a visit from his long-lost son, the alluring view of Patagonia from his window leads him to escape for one last stroll. Argentina. Spanish w/English subtitles. Winner - Valladolid Int'l FF. Official Selection - Toronto and Havana Int'l FFs. Written by
I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm springs International Film Festival. This is a beautiful film from Argentinian writer/director Carlos Sorin and beautifully shot on location in the Patagonian countryside by cinematographer Julian Apezteguia. Antonio (Antonio Larreta) is an old man living on his old country estate with his two nurses (Maria del Carmen Jimenez) (Emilse Roldan) and has recently suffered a heart attack. He is bedridden and on an ICV and his country doctor wants him admitted to a hospital. Antonio's son who is a world renowned pianist is coming from Spain to see his ailing father for possibly the last time. Antonio has had a dream about the baby sitter he had as a child and 80 years later he doesn't know why he has had the dream or what it may mean. A piano tuner has been summoned by Antonio to tune the old family piano that hasn't been played in decades in case his son wants to play it. He has also summoned up from the wine cellar a 40 year old bottle of champaign that he and his late wife have been saving for a special occasion. This film is sparse on dialog and very little happens in the film but it is such a poignant small film and almost like a theatrical play that you will find it enchanting. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10 and recommend it.
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