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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
People have compared this film about a man who gets "stuck" in his car to the Coen brothers. But I found the pacing and symbolism more in line with a Jim Jarmusch creation--with a little David Lynch thrown in.
The story is a simple one. A poor inventor struggles to get his invention sold while balancing a crappy job and trying to keep from failing his family. And just when he's about to get his big break something odd happens--he literally gets stuck in his car.
The film starts out showing us what someone might do to get his dreams realized. In the end the film ends up showing us what that same person would be willing to sacrifice to keep his life intact and his promises kept. Along the way we get a few interesting characters and strange little moments of clarity.
The acting is mostly well done. The direction is good and at times brilliant. The pacing is deliberate--it takes the time to let us experience each scene and the emotions felt. Again very reminiscent of classic Jarmusch like "Mystery Train" and "Broken Flowers".
Don't expect a comedy with lots laughs. There are a few genuine laughs, but this is a somber film with little dialog and action. Not a great film, but a good one. A modern day Aesop fable.
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