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This visually stunning directorial debut is set in a place lost in time in northern Argentina. Alvaro is a gay man who is an outsider. He works for the violent El Turo, a captain of the water bus which links isolated communities. But El Turo is threatened by Alvaro's sexuality and starts harassing him.Written by
Great scenery, great (sparse) script, great black and white photography, great pacing, great story over-all. However. due to the dark mood and setting, it was sometimes impossible to see or sense what was really going on. Alvaro (Jorge Roman) is a lone gay guy on an island in Argentina. He leaves the island occasionally, has a couple jobs, and has run-ins with Turu (Daniel Valenzuela). We're not sure just why Turu hates him, but Turu also seems to have conflicts with the missionaries, apparently to show us what a hateful person Turu really is. Some frontal male nudity. Some violence and simulated sex scenes. This could almost be a documentary. but it's not. The photography of the land, the water, the skies, and the work they do is every bit as interesting as the story. Lots of time spent watching the water, waiting for the boat to arrive, or watching it leave. Some big climactic scenes at the end, but life will go on for the residents of the island. Surprised at the current low rating. Would expect it to rise as more people see this. Excellent film. Well worth the time spent. Directed by Santiao Otheguy. Story by Juan Solanas. Both were born in Argentina.
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