La Ventana (The Window) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for La Ventana (The Window)
A slight, subtle character sketch, structured and paced like a particularly fine short story.
Dialogue and plot are sparse, but such contrivances are unimportant when the acting is superb and the pastoral cinematography, by Julian Apezteguia, is breathtaking.
Portentous dreams infiltrate the Argentine director Carlos Sorn's film The Window.
The Window is not without a certain visual spell that makes it a first-rate artistic achievement.
As his staff prepares for his son's arrival and the piano tuner fills the hacienda with splintered notes, the limited stimulus sparks Antonio's memories, his final hours playing out like delicate, melancholic poetry.
As elegant in its storytelling as in its story, Carlos Sorin's The Window is a tale of age and mortality that firmly resists the 'cute' tag reflexively assigned to movies with old people, and mines a rich, deep vein of melancholy and humor.
Audience Reviews for La Ventana (The Window)
An extremely slow moving film that was mercifully short at 85 minutes. Interminably long takes of the admittedly beautiful scenery, interspersed with scenes of mundane domestic activities provide the background for a story of a man preparing to welcome a rare visit from his son, at the end of his long, full life. Not a lot happens here, but what does occur is presented with such love and tenderness that one cannot help being drawn in. The lighter moments are sprinkled sparingly throughout the film, but they at least relieve what could otherwise have been a very dull film indeed. If action filled shoot-em-ups or laugh out loud comedies are your thing, stay far, far away. But if a beautifully crafted impressionistic portrait of a man at the end of his life sounds delicious, then by all means, dig it for a visual feast.
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