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Juan Pablo Rebella,
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
Excellent performances in a calm, but intense story
The movie is about a huge, introverted, good-hearted young man named Jara, whose main job is night-guard at a big supermarket in Montevideo, Uruguay. On his lonesome and monotone night-shifts in the surveillance room staring at the monitors one night his attention is aroused by Julia, a young cleaning-woman, and bit by bit he falls in love with her. Unfortunately he is too timid to speak to her, so he just watches and even follows her at daytime (like some kind of guardian angel). What then underlies till the end of the movie is the crucial question: Will he be courageous enough to eventually speak to her and reveal his feelings? I found this movie refreshing, slow paced, realistic and romantic. I could very easily identify myself with Jara, because I also have problems to tell women who attract me my feelings. In my opinion the ending was satisfying, too. I recommend this movie to everyone who likes true, profound, subtle love stories about lonesome and timid people.
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