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Paraguayan Hammock (Hamaca paraguaya)

Paraguayan Hammock (Hamaca paraguaya) (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Director Paz Encina's intimate and unconventionally structured film tells the tale of an aging couple who patiently await the return of their son, who was fighting against Bolivia in the Chaco War, while sitting on a hammock in the Paraguayan countryside. Presented in a nonlinear structure and frequently employing voice-over, the film gently lingers on the couple as both recall the last conversation they had with their son, tend to their daily chores, and affectionately engage in dialogue that

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Art House & International, Drama

Alfa Films

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

The film is gentle and suggestive. But you'll have to provide any stirring emotions yourself.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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That Paraguayan Hammock happens to be one of the few features to emerge from Paraguay in recent decades in no way diminishes its rarity.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Paraguayan Hammock is like a piece of music that improves with familiarity.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Squarely in the vein of Mozart's Requiem.

September 23, 2006
Globe and Mail
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A frustratingly slow drama.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Dragging along in a tedious rhythm of long-take, big-talk, Hamaca Paraguaya is a cinematic bust.

May 18, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The thrust of this film is faint but steady. At times, you are really looking for something in the long-holding shot, and it's just not there. The point? Not to look too hard.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Encina's idea-driven artistry belies the quiet integrity and poetry of the script, keeping audiences at a rather clinical distance from the lives of her characters.

May 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

That such a simple film makes you want the answers [to the questions] tells of the talent of new filmmaker, Paz Encina.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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