actos cotidianos

V' 15

Los actos cotidianos

Raúl Perrone
Argentinien, 2010
81min, OmeU

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Los actos cotidianos

Raúl Perrone
Argentinien, 2010
, 81min, OmeU

Cast: 
Soledad Aguilera
Adrián Aguilera
Maria Galván
Screenplay: 
Raúl Perrone
Camera: 
Raúl Perrone
Bernardo Demonte
Editor: 
Zaida de pedro

Production: 
Les Envies que je te désire
World Sales: 
Les Envies que je te désire
Format: 
DigiBeta
Color

The metaphysic illusion of cinema: it makes us feel each instant as an addition into a story that is being written, a secret epic tale in which common men and woman can play a part. The various segments of this film by Perrone are not additions, but consummations. Time’s weight is absolute and acts die out because they are enacted and nothing more. The epicenter of this grade-zero level of existence is a poor home in Ituzaingó, and the focus is put on a family and their everyday activities: watching TV, texting on their phones, taking care of a sparrow, having mechanic conversations and barely discussing an urgent situation, eating – the actions that define these people’s reality. Symmetric, meticulous shots, a concept behind the way light is shown in spaces and on almost motionless bodies that work as a set of paintings, almost completely still. However, what we find here is not quite the effect of serenity and balance tried to be achieved by still lives; and though human figure is not dispossessed of its dignity, the feeling of abandonment is as huge as an abyss.

In the presence of Pablo Ratto (producer).

Raúl Perrone
Born in 1952 in Ituzaingó, Argentina. The “father” of independent Argentinean cinema makes most of his films in (and on the subject of) this small city fifteen kilometers away from Buenos Aires. In almost 28 years, he directs over 40 films without any external financial support. His first “Barrio” films, closer to a naturalistic style and based on words, have little to do with the experimental, formal sophistication of his later works in which words remain beyond the frame and (facial) expressions reach a hyperbolic dimension. These are tales about neighbors and friends, about love, ominous tales set in an imaginary jungle, or in a castle. The multiplicity of themes is just as evident as the aesthetic drive of a filmmaker who reinvents, film after film, cinema’s language. He lives in Ituzaingó. (Roger Koza)