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Intimate Stories Review


Very Good
Carlos Sorin's Intimate Stories could just as easily have been titled Destination: San Julián, as its three unrelated Argentinean characters all embark on a trip from their rural Southern Patagonia town of Fitz Roy to the provincial capital searching for celebrity, romance, and a chance at atonement for past sins. A film of gentle humanism that delivers equal doses of repentant solemnity and comical lightheartedness, Sorin's cinematic road-trip - its uplifting spirit unsullied by cheap, cloying sentimentality - has an ambulatory pace and a cautious optimism that's as easygoing as it is poignant. Divided into three separate narratives that occasionally intersect out on the country's vast, barren two-lane highways, it's a compassionate portrait of lonely people who, driven by desperation and determination, resolve to take a risky, potentially heartbreaking chance on a better life.

María (Javiera Bravo), a new mother who religiously sends applications to her favorite game shows, is selected to appear on Multicolored Casino, a gaudy, amateurish program that films live every day in San Julián, and journeys - with baby boy in tow - to the TV studio for her one shot at self-esteem-boosting stardom. Don Justo (Antonio Benedicti), the aging owner of a roadside supermarket forced to endure his patronizing son and daughter-in-law - who call him "crazy" behind his back and cut his food for him - straps on his new hiking boots for the 200-mile trek to San Julián after learning that his beloved runaway dog Badface has been seen there. Meanwhile Roberto (Javier Lombardo), a cagey salesman peddling fat-reducing topical paste, endeavors to deliver a birthday cake to Rene, the child of a lovely San Julián client he urgently plans to woo. Convinced that happiness, contentment, and salvation await them at the end of their expeditions, each sets forth on his or her own mini-odyssey, along the way meeting a variety of strangers while discovering that, though dreams can be fragile and illusory, kindness, and selflessness are commodities in plentiful supply for those open to receiving them.

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Intimate Stories Review


Very Good
Carlos Sorin's Intimate Stories could just as easily have been titled Destination: San Julián, as its three unrelated Argentinean characters all embark on a trip from their rural Southern Patagonia town of Fitz Roy to the provincial capital searching for celebrity, romance, and a chance at atonement for past sins. A film of gentle humanism that delivers equal doses of repentant solemnity and comical lightheartedness, Sorin's cinematic road-trip - its uplifting spirit unsullied by cheap, cloying sentimentality - has an ambulatory pace and a cautious optimism that's as easygoing as it is poignant. Divided into three separate narratives that occasionally intersect out on the country's vast, barren two-lane highways, it's a compassionate portrait of lonely people who, driven by desperation and determination, resolve to take a risky, potentially heartbreaking chance on a better life.

María (Javiera Bravo), a new mother who religiously sends applications to her favorite game shows, is selected to appear on Multicolored Casino, a gaudy, amateurish program that films live every day in San Julián, and journeys - with baby boy in tow - to the TV studio for her one shot at self-esteem-boosting stardom. Don Justo (Antonio Benedicti), the aging owner of a roadside supermarket forced to endure his patronizing son and daughter-in-law - who call him "crazy" behind his back and cut his food for him - straps on his new hiking boots for the 200-mile trek to San Julián after learning that his beloved runaway dog Badface has been seen there. Meanwhile Roberto (Javier Lombardo), a cagey salesman peddling fat-reducing topical paste, endeavors to deliver a birthday cake to Rene, the child of a lovely San Julián client he urgently plans to woo. Convinced that happiness, contentment, and salvation await them at the end of their expeditions, each sets forth on his or her own mini-odyssey, along the way meeting a variety of strangers while discovering that, though dreams can be fragile and illusory, kindness, and selflessness are commodities in plentiful supply for those open to receiving them.

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