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Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner. In the middle of a gasoline embargo and finding himself in a strange predicament, Nuno becomes mysteriously confined to his car, finding his life suddenly embargoed. Written by
As a great fan of Jose Saramago's magical realism I was expecting much more from this film. I haven't had the chance to read Embargo due to its elusiveness but it would be interesting to see how the story varies between both mediums.
The notion of the story sounds interesting but the breakdown was not so inviting to give it my full attention. Magical realism loses its touch here as the catalyst proves to be more weak and highly improbable than magical. Moreover, what makes it unbearable is the character's approach to his dilemma in how he fails to explain himself and his mishap while expecting others to simply understand or just cut him some slack.
The implausibility of the twist mixed with the incoherent and unfinished dialogues lend a burdensome feeling to the movie, making it more unappealing to watch as the dialogues continue to make no sense and the character carries on making more of a fool of himself than justifying his situation.
An interesting story line weakly followed through yet worth checking out.
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