Paraguayan Hammock (2006)
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 slowly reveals the gaping void that materialized in the wake of their beloved son's departure. … More
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Critic Reviews for Paraguayan Hammock
The film is gentle and suggestive. But you'll have to provide any stirring emotions yourself.
That Paraguayan Hammock happens to be one of the few features to emerge from Paraguay in recent decades in no way diminishes its rarity.
Paraguayan Hammock is like a piece of music that improves with familiarity.
Squarely in the vein of Mozart's Requiem.
Dragging along in a tedious rhythm of long-take, big-talk, Hamaca Paraguaya is a cinematic bust.
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.
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.
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