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La Libertad (Freedom) (2001)





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This fluidly constructed documentary from Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso follows one day in the life of Misael Saavedra, a woodsman who lives and works in a rural community. As Saavedra rises with the dawn, he sets out to chops down several trees, and then cleans them of their bark before cutting them into timber ready for the fireplace; he eventually takes his day's work to the market, where it fetches him $27. As the rising and setting of the sun bookends Saavedra's day, he is also at the mercy of nature and the elements, as good weather helps him along and thunderstorms bring his work to a halt. La Libertad was screened at the 2001 Buenos Aires Independent Cinema Festival, as well as the same year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was shown in the Un Certain Regard series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama
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Critic Reviews for La Libertad (Freedom)

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Lisandro Alonso's La Libertad is a penetrating peek into the daily life of a woodcutter from Argentina's Pampa.

Full Review… | July 7, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for La Libertad (Freedom)


The daily existence of a woodcutter who lives in isolation, hunts and cooks his own meals. Alonso is very interesting because he chooses to define the people in his films through their daily mundane rituals rather than the typical character development in most other films. Like Liverpool and Los Muertos it has its share of mysteriousness but it's not quite as fascinating or moving.

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