Paraguayan Hammock (2006)


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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 slowly reveals the gaping void that materialized in the wake of their beloved son's departure.


Critic Reviews for Paraguayan Hammock

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Encina's film, balanced exquisitely between the concrete and the abstract, between the specific and the absolute, is a quietly devastating indictment of the eternal waste of youth as cannon fodder in this and all wars.

Feb 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Paraguayan Hammock is like a piece of music that improves with familiarity.

May 14, 2008

Squarely in the vein of Mozart's Requiem.

Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
Globe and Mail
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A frustratingly slow drama.

May 18, 2006
Top Critic

Dragging along in a tedious rhythm of long-take, big-talk, Hamaca Paraguaya is a cinematic bust.

May 18, 2006

Audience Reviews for Paraguayan Hammock

A fascinating (and simple) way to tell a sad, touching story, using long static shots of the couple's daily life as a visual anchor for extradiegetic dialogue and atmospheric background sounds (the forest and the rain) - all done through an outstanding, immersive sound work.

Carlos Magalhães
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