Friday, 30 April 2010

Año uña

a film by Jonás Cuarón

This is an unusual film. That is, if it can be called “film” at all. Visually, Año uña is composed entirely of still shots, which takes some getting used to: too slow for a movie, too fast for a slide show. (Also, this DVD has English subtitles for Spanish soundtrack and vice versa; I would prefer English subtitles for English too because sometimes I could not understand gringos.) Apparently, the stills were shot first and story was added later. Of course, the experimental side alone isn’t enough to make a good film. But tell you what: make sure nothing distracts you and give it your full attention, for first twenty minutes. I hope you get hooked.

The story is simple and beautiful: an American student in her twenties and teenage Mexican boy fall in love. At no point they confess to each other. A series of misunderstandings follows. The end.

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