(aka The Window)
Argentina | Spain 2008
As elegant in its storytelling
as in its story, Carlos Sorin's The Window is a tale of age and mortality
that firmly resists the cute tag reflexively assigned to movies with old people,
and mines a rich, deep vein of melancholy and humor. Sorin has constructed a
reflective poem, one that's never solemn, always insightful and sometimes
Theatrical Release: September 7th, 2008
DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
• Short: Seventy (3:21)
We've been here before. This disc which exhibits combing from an interlaced transfer on a 4.25 Gig single-layered DVD is following Film Movement's other digital efforts - meaning that it's a great film but the transfer limitations are not doing it appropriate justice. Because of the pragmatic transfer there are visible artifacts disturbing The Window's most beautiful scenes. I actually caught one frame saying 'no data' (see below) at around 1 hour. Please Film Movement - get on the ball. It's only viable positive is the 16X9 enhancement. Subtitles are a large intrusive bright yellow but are removable.
The audio is only 2.0 channel - not that there are any instances that would utilize the separation. It's a very quiet film with minimal dialogue. Film Movement have once again added 2 shorts (Seventy by Alex Morante runs 3:21 and The Race, also on their Eldorado DVD, at 1-minute) as supplements - the shorter even sponsored by Stella Artois beer!?! While they fill some disc space neither are related to La Ventana in any way.
It's wonderfully gentle cinema (also see Sorin's other work including Intimate Stories) that put me strongly in mind of some of the films of of Manoel de Oliveira (see Belle Toujours). The limitations of interlacing, single-layering artifacts, plus the extravagant price for what they offer digitally, are discouraging but I don't see it available in any other versions (English-friendly) anywhere else in the world. We don't like to encourage this weak DVD rendering but some may greatly appreciate this film.