Sidewalls (2011)



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Sidewalls is a clever romantic comedy examining with charm how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of two of its residents. Taretto pays homage to the city of Buenos Aires as he reflects on how urban chaos, as well as new technologies, can unite people but also keep them apart (as the sidewalls of the title). Mixing animation, photography and graphic art he reveals the characters' isolation and anxieties that are a staple of modern life in a noisy city that nonetheless has an irresistible charm. -- (C) IFC
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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Javier Drolas
as Martin
Carla Peterson
as Marcela
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With its themes of alienation in the Internet age and cutesy indie-ish trimmings, the film will feel familiar to anyone who's seen a bittersweet romantic comedy from Sundance.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
The Atlantic
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The preordained story line is clear from the outset, yet Taretto's knack for engineering clever near-misses keeps us guessing about how and when the happy ending will arrive.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's hard to truly hate any movie whose ending revolves around a clever Where's Waldo? gag. It's also near impossible to take it seriously for that exact same reason.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Time Out
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Leandro Martinez's eye-pleasing cinematography complements Taretto's literate script, although the Hollywood ending is jarring.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
New York Post
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Smart, wordy and sweetly sympathetic to lives lived online, "Sidewalls" coasts on Martín and Mariana's twin voice-overs, alternate musings on themselves and their city.

October 25, 2011
New York Times
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A shrewd, intellectually playful rom-com that delivers the gooey goods...

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Sidewalls


Its playful take on urban isolation and how internet and technology draw people apart is spot-on, with a bittersweet sense of humor that made me smile at its logical deductions, but it is only a shame that, in its insistence on being cute, the plot can be pretty clichéd and obvious.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Very witty romantic comedy. I highly recommend it.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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the ability to be captive with solitariness and loneliness while immersed in the bustling, crowded city of Buenos Aires. Beautifully done.

Manisha Devi
Manisha Devi

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