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Giant (2009)
"Gigante" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  4 December 2009 (USA)
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A chronicle of a supermarket security guard's obsession with a late-shift janitor.

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Leonor Svarcas ...
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Diego Artucio ...
Omar
Ariel Caldarelli ...
Jaras Chef
Fabiana Charlo ...
Mariela
Andrés Gallo ...
Fidel
Federico García ...
Matías
Néstor Guzzini ...
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Esteban Lago ...
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Leandro Lagos ...
Tipo en el boliche
Ernesto Liotti ...
Danilo
Carlos Lissardy ...
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Nacho Mendy ...
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In Montevideo, Jara works the graveyard shift monitoring security cameras at a supermarket. He's about 30, solitary, quiet, and big. He watches TV, likes heavy metal, and sometimes works as a bouncer at a disco. One night he notices one of the cleaning crew, Julia; he watches her via the cameras as she works, then follows some days as she goes to an Internet café, the beach, shopping, or the movies. He stays out of her sight and never talks to her. Thinking she may be hiding somewhere in the store with a male co-worker, Jarita breaks some rules and gets suspended. Then, while watching her one evening, she meets a man. What will Jara do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$2,523 (USA) (1 January 2010)

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$6,542 (USA) (29 January 2010)
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Lonely Obsession
24 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in Montevideo, Uruguay, Gigante carefully unravels the story of Jara, a heavy metal-loving, lionhearted security guard who works the graveyard shift at a grocery store. As he fights the boredom and monotony of a job monitoring the store via surveillance cameras, he begins to fall for a janitor named Julia. Too shy to approach her, Jara dotes over her from afar following her to and fro around town. When he begins to gain the courage to make contact, competition rolls in.

I knew nothing about Gigante when I began to watch it other than what the short plot summary on IMDb.com describes. The tempo of the film is a bit slower, but steady and the unknowing of what lies around each corner snagged me in and held my attention through-out. It was easy to relate to Jara, a very likable character, and the agony of his obsession for Julia and one cannot help but develop a fondness for her as Jara becomes more and more familiar with her.

Gigante isn't for everyone, but if you have ever become enamored with someone, but lacked the self confidence to act on it, I think you will appreciate this film.


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