I just came back from my fifth TIFF film of 2006 - Hamaca Paraguaya. The film is less than 80 minutes long, and contains maybe a total of about 10 scenes, with no cuts, just long continuous still shots, observing two characters from a distance that made it all so intimate. Such a classic story (war and death) told in a most unexpected angle and a daring way. In my opinion, it's minimalist delivery is parallel to Lars Von Tier's Dogville - "less is more". I have to say it is one of my best TIFF experiences - one-of-a-kind low-budget international films deserves to be promoted.
I thought the director really put herself up for a real challenge and managed to far exceed it - bravo! Both my friend and I loved it. Amazing. I was very happy that I saw it on the big screen, where this film is meant to be seen.
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