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A love story between a Basque farmer and a Peruvian immigrant.

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Eriz Alberdi ...
Iñaki
Josean Bengoetxea ...
Ander
Christian Esquivel ...
Jose
Jose Kruz Gurrutxaga ...
Panadero
Juancho Kerejeta ...
Recepcionista
Unax Martín ...
Niño
Pedro Otaegi ...
Evaristo
Pako Revueltas ...
Peio
Mamen Rivera ...
Reme
Pilar Rodríguez ...
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Leire Ucha ...
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The valley of Arratia in August 1999. Ander, a farmer well into his forties, lives with his sister Arantxa and his old mother in a remote part of rural Basque country. His is a monotonous life filled with nothing but farm work and a job at the local bicycle factory. It won't be long before Arantxa gets married and leaves home and then Ander will be left to look after their stubborn mother on his own. Then one day Ander has an accident and breaks his leg. His limb will be in a plaster cast for two months. Against his mother's wishes, the family decides to employ a Peruvian immigrant, José, in order to help out. The arrival of the new farm hand has an influence on interpersonal relationships within the family. The old woman, who barely speaks any Spanish, refuses to communicate with José, but Arantxa and Ander soon get to know José quite well. The two men in particular become firm friends. After attending Arantxa's fiancés' stag night the men both wind up having sex with a prostitute, ... Written by Roberto Caston

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Unique and well-crafted
15 May 2011 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I must say that I have seen very few movies that have been paced this slowly, but in this case, it is a testament to the artistry of the director.

In a setting where the pace of life appears to be glacial and change can be a painstakingly slow process, the deliberately slow pacing of some of the scenes was just another way for this film to effectively evoke a mood. There were certain scenes where the only change for an entire minute would be a light going on, or off. Some scenes would linger with a camera a full 10 or 15 seconds after the action or dialogue had ended...just to capture a subtle mood change, or to amplify what was already there.

This is a fascinating piece of work about real people, not the porn star fantasies that populate many other glbt works. This is not to say that the 2 leads are not attractive, as another poster suggested. We all get attracted to different types and these 2 certainly found an attraction to each other.

While I thought that this movie was excellent, I would liked to have seen the romance develop in a more balanced, and less abrupt, fashion. Considering the overall way that Jose gets treated in this film, there could at least have been one truly tender moment to pave the way for how this movie eventually resolved itself.

If the movie has one flaw it was the way the 3 chapters are used to foreshadow what is to come. Once the 3rd chapter title came up there were no surprises and we knew exactly how it was going to end. While the ending made sense, and was satisfying, why the need to foreshadow it?

All in all, a very different type of glbt film that is well worth your time.


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