The Empty Hours

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Written & directed by Aarón Fernández Lesur ("Used Parts"). On the desolated coast of Veracruz, Mexico, 17-year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle's small & cozy rent-by-the-hour motel. There all by himself much of the time, he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. There together with time to kill, Sebastián and Miranda begin to get to know each other, and an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. Official selection of the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival.(c) Strand

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  • Fernandez is astute in the way he fills the empty hours on screen. He sets a slow steady rhythm and embraces lingering shots and long silences to catch the way the days are lazy about unfolding, especially for Sebastian.

    Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie has a small story but a big theme; the theme being experience, and it conveys the emotions and moods of its characters by taking things nice and slow.

    Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This second feature by the Mexican director Aarón Fernández is a delight.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Eventually you begin to wonder what these series of standstill moments represent.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

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  • A studied, coming-of-age narrative that makes a familiar tale sing.

    Jul 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It stays with you in ways you'd hardly expect from a deceptively simple tale of a boy coming face-to-face with career-driven independence - and all the responsibilities that come with it.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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