The Aerial (La Antena)

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Writer/director Esteban Sapir offers a cautionary tale of media control in this highly stylized thriller that draws on film noir and German Expressionism to tell the tale of a society that has literally lost its ability to speak after bowing to the constant barrage of broadcasts and products of the omnipresent Mr. TV (Alejandro Urdapilleta). It is year X in the City Without a Voice, and the only individual who retains the ability to convey her thoughts through speech is the mysterious Voice (Florencia Raggi). A faceless singer whose soothing songs are heard on one of Mr. TV's most popular programs, The Voice comes under threat when Mr. TV teams with Dr. Y (Carlos Pineiro) to take total control of the thrush and use her vocal chords to pursue their own nefarious plan. Their devious scheme soon hits an unexpected hitch, however, when it is revealed that The Voice's son Tomas (Jonathan Sandor), who was born without eyes, also possesses the power of speech. Soon after The Voice is kidnapped by Mr. TV and Dr. Y, The Inventor (Rafael Ferro) races to Tomas' rescue and sets into motion a plan designed to end the dubious reign of the media-savvy Mr. TV. With the help of The Inventor's devoted daughter Ana (Sol Moreno) and faithful wife The Nurse (Julieta Cardinali), The Inventor sets into motion a plan to rescue The Voice before Mr. TV achieves complete mind control over the population. Little does The Inventor realize, however, that Mr. TV's evil henchman Mouseman (Raul Hochman) is hot on his trail and determined to see his boss' plan succeed at any cost. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Aerial (La Antena)

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The characterisation is perhaps necessarily formulaic, but that doesn't make these paper-thin figures any more likeable, and despite its undoubted beauty the film eventually becomes something of a chore.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

This left-field, futuristic film is a tad too indulgent to be a true homage to the silent movie.

May 16, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A hauntingly beautiful work: inventive, elegiac, gently surreal.

Nov 15, 2010 | Full Review…

The Tim Burtonish retro design and the blatant references to silent masterworks don't amount to a style; and even if they did, wouldn't make up for the kitsch story.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This wonderfully original little film is filled with tacit menace and ominous symbolism; it's a work of curious and unsettling beauty.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A stylishly inventive play on silent-era movies that presses political buttons.

Aug 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Aerial (La Antena)

A meaningless project of pure indulgence that makes numerous gratuitous references to silent classics just for the sake of doing so. It is certainly not an homage but an anachronistic and futile exercise of style that one expects to see made by a student as a school assignment.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Another great film to come out of Argentina recently. La Antena draws it's influence from silent cinema, especially Fritz Lang, and especially Metropolis which it directly references. It's visually stunning, every frame creates a perfect picture. Although clearly a homage to the silent era, Esteban Sapir does add in his own unique touches, such as the inventive placing of the title cards. Like La Cienaga, La Antena is another promising film from Argentina and is definitely worth seeking out.

Emily B.
Emily B.

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