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(aka "In the Grayscale" or "En la gama de los grises" )

 

directed by Claudio Marcone
Chile 2015

 

A gnawing sense of "something not working" motivates architect Bruno (Francisco Celhay) to move away from his wife Solange (Daniela Ramírez) and son Daniel (Matías Torres). Living in his grandfather Toto's (Sergio Hernández, NIGHT ACROSS THE STREET) woodworking shop, Bruno is still far from figuring things out when builder Germán Schulz (Marcial Tagle) – in the wake of the tragic collapse of one of his apartment buildings – hires him to build an iconic landmark in Santiago. Schulz pairs Bruno up with quirky historian/tour guide Fer (Emilio Edwards) to help him in his research. Whereas Fer is outgoing, charming, and gay, Bruno is brooding (although we are uncertain whether this is a recent development having to do with his inner crisis or if he was always this way), extremely guarded, and uncertain about his sexuality. When he runs into Fer at a gay club, Bruno makes up an unconvincing excuse. Although there is certainly an attraction between the two men, Fer knows what he wants out of a relationship and does not count "seducing a straight man" among his fantasies. Fer provides a sympathetic ear to Bruno as he voices all of his self-doubt and all of the little signs he interprets as indicative of his homosexuality, and it is eventually Bruno who makes the first movie (or perhaps dives in head first). The couple enjoys a short period of relationship bill sequestered in Fer's apartment and amidst the picturesque ruins of the city's historical past when Solange confronts him after Daniel overhears his friend's mother telling her husband that she saw Bruno kissing another man. Daniel is bewilderingly indignant that his wife expects an explanation but he also rejects Fer when he tries to offer comfort. Bruno isolates himself again and throws himself back into his work, attempting to glean and impart some sort of meaning to his life in the recreation of one of the city's great bridges built and destroyed in the late nineteenth century (even the shallow capitalist Schulz can see that Bruno's interest are tied in with whatever he is going through). Eventually, Bruno realizes – with the help of his grandfather (in a nice long take heart-to-heart) – that he has to make a decision whether to go back to his old life or start a new one; either choice involves facing his loved ones and being honest with them so he can move forward with no nagging regrets.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 29 October 2015 (Chile)

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DVD Review: Wolfe Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Wolfe Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:45
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.13 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 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wolfe Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:53)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

 

 

Comments

Wolfe Video's high bitrate, progressive, anamorphic DVD suits the film's bright, sometimes sun-dappled photography nicely. Audio options include the original 5.1 mix and a serviceable 2.0 stereo down mix. The English subtitles are burned into the image (there is a closed captioning symbol on the back cover but there are none available). The trailer for the film and previews for other titles are the only extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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