(aka 'Intimate Stories' or 'Minimal Stories' or 'Historias mínimas ')
Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Sorin's deadpan and beguiling road-trip drama
Intimate Stories makes use of the road itself as a major character. In
vignettes of coincidence and cooperation played out between Fitz Roy and the
distant port of San Julián, the imposing physical presence of blacktop extends
in an endless ribbon over the vast, extraordinary steppes of Southern Patagonia.
But while this piquant, tapas-like movie (a 2003 film- festival favorite only
now being released) asserts that landscape is a kind of destiny from which one
cannot escape, Sorin takes delighted, serious interest in how far a person can
advance psychologically, even if all roads lead back to a home at the end of the
In a persuasive demonstration of innate human dignity, all but two of the cast members are nonactors who enact their parts with easy naturalism. An old man with a guilty conscience hitches rides in search of his dog; a young provincial woman and her baby journey by bus to claim a prize on a TV game show; a traveling salesman frets about the perfect gift to impress a woman he fancies. Strangers meet, then move on. Paths cross, then unravel. Only the highway itself remains constant in Sorin's sweet, shaggy travelogue.
Theatrical Release: September 26th, 2002 - San Sebastian Film Festival
DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
The Making of INTIMATE STORIES
I would say that this is a notch above NY'er usual standard of digital presentation. Non-progressive but anamorphic - the colors look fine, if a little dull, and contrast slightly blended. Sharpness is surprisingly strong - subtitles are well done. Overall it looks quite good. There is an 11 minute 'making off...' featurette that is pretty much standard fare - plus a trailer.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the film - a simple, quirky and delightful comedy / drama. It was also interesting to see so much of Patagonia's impressive geography. I recommend this wonderfully realized slice of life from another, often unseen, part of the globe.