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(aka "So Much Water" )

 

directed by Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge
Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany 2013

 

Divorced from their mother, chiropractor Alberto (Néstor Guzzini) hopes to get a chance to bond with his children - Lucia (Malú Chouza) and Federico (Joaquín Castiglioni) - at a Uruguayan resort, only to find much of it closed due to the incessant rains. The close quarters of their room - not to mention the lack of a television - does not inspire quality time, and soon the children have found friends their own age and Alberto develops a flirtation with a restaurant owner. Those new relationships eventually sour or fizzle out, and the three end up becoming closer in spite of themselves. At first glance, the story seems very much like a cliche family vacation/coming-of-age comedy; but TANTA AGUA doesn't resort to the usual gags or dramatics as it attempts to realistically and sensitively explore the complex relationships between parents and children distanced not only by divorce but naturally by maturation. Simple acts of affection are just as prone to being misread (as when Lucia attempts to join in on Federico's doodling, not realizing that he has a design in mind) as Alberto's more heavy-handed attempts at finding activities or telling jokes to entertainment. Federico finds himself excluded from Lucia's fun with friends her age while Lucia experiences the stirrings of first love and is uncertain what to do about it (discovering condoms in her father's belongings inadvertently discourages her from confiding in her father and pushes her towards making more "adult" decisions). The common ground these three find at the end of the film is not acknowledged with the usual resolution; in fact, one is unsure whether the characters themselves realize it.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 10 May 2013 (Uruguay)

 

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:40
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.48 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.

Bitrate

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Director Biographies
• Theatrical Trailer (1:37)
• Short film 'Home Road Movies' (Robert Bradbook, 2002; 12:05)
• Trailers from the Film Movement Catalog:
• - 'Watchtower'
• - 'In the Name of the Father'
• - 'Key of Life'
• - 'Off White Lies'
• - 'Somers Town'
• - 'Gigante'
• About Film Movement

DVD Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Film Movement's dual-layer DVD features a progressive, anamorphic DVD that looks a bit noisy in a couple dark shots but that may be the compression or the original HD videography. The only audio track is a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track (the film features a Dolby Digital logo but I have no idea if it originally had a 5.1 track) which highlights the incessant rain in the foreground of exterior shots and in the background of interiors, with only a handful of score tracks and source music pieces on the soundtrack (the end credits song is the loudest thing in the film's mix). The disc features optional English subtitles as well as English closed captioning.

The only extras related to the film are biographies for the two directors and the film's trailer. The short film is the similarly-themed animated "Home Road Movies" by Robert Bradbook, which was previously featured in the defunct New Yorker Films animation collection NINE NATION ANIMATION. Trailers for other Film Movement titles - including the previously-covered IN THE NAME OF... - are also included. The inside of the cover features a statement from the filmmakers and another from Film Movement on why they picked the film.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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