Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cinco días sin Nora / Nora's Will

Showing at the Mar del Plata Film Festival: Cinco días sin Nora, directed by Mariana Chenillo

Synopsis from the film festival's website:

The main character of this first work – which received the Best Director Award in the Festival of Moscow – is dead. Specifically, she committed suicide. A meticulously planned suicide, partly thanks to its timing: just before the Jewish festivity of Pesaj and during the holidays of her only son, a combination which forces Kurtz, Nora’s ex-husband, to take care of the corpse, the apartment and the funeral, which has to take place 5 days after the death. But Kurtz soon understands that these were precisely the woman’s intentions and is determined to sabotage the plans of this puppeteer from the beyond. Actor Fernando Luján is Jesus Kurtz, a grumpy man played in a deadpan tone (which resembles Jacobo, the main character from Whisky) and a recalcitrant atheist intent on sabotaging the retinue of the rabbi designated by Nora with small pranks, big insults and pepperoni pizzas. Virtually all of this black comedy about religion takes place indoors, which proves not only Chenillo´s talent to make the best use of spaces but also her ability to portray the way in which some secrets and true feelings echo sustainedly every time they appear, almost inadvertently, in the film.

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