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Cuchillo de palo (108) (2013)

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Filmmaker Renate Costa fuses the personal and the political in this documentary which explores gay rights in Paraguay. As she was growing up, Costa's uncle Rodolfo was always the black sheep of the family -- he was the one who never married, who lived alone, who wanted to be a dancer rather than a laborer, and who wore clothes his brothers thought were inappropriate. It wasn't until Costa became an adult that she realized Rodolfo was gay, and when he was found dead in his home, she began to

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Patiently photographed by Carlos Vásquez, who bestows the same gentle attention on grainy snapshots and the beautifully ruined face of an aging drag queen, "108" peels back layers of delusion and dishonesty.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Costa's grainy footage looks amateurish at times-at one point, she runs out of battery and the screen goes dark-but her rule-breaking is bold.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Emotionally powerful and provocative.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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A landmark documentary on gay people that will become a classic like "Before Stonewall" or "The Celluloid Closet". At once a great family drama and detective story.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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This glowingly effective and intelligently low-key documentary manages to be both a stirring family drama and a valuable depiction of gay life and history in Paraguay.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Renate Costa's doc gradually simplifies into an elaborate seesaw between general, journalistic scoopery and unabashedly personal confrontation.

March 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Even though the narrative builds momentum and the discoveries pop up slowly, the story is told in a very straightforward way, so it feels closer to journalism than to cinema. Director and "star" Renate Costa is not a particularly gifted filmmaker, but her take on the oppressive Stroessner regime in Paraguay and the way its witch-hunt for homosexuals affected (and continues to affect) her conservative family is engrossing enough.
October 15, 2011

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