Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega made this movie, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and it feels Jarmuschesque.
It’s in Spanish, but subtitled. It had the first translation that was done wrong that I can recall in a subtitled film.
Two different times Clemente, who is the town loan shark, tells people they need to have something “for warranty.” That should be “for collateral.”
Clemente is a guy that doesn’t care about anybody but himself – and a heavy-set hooker he frequents.
When a baby is left in his house, things change.
There’s going to be a lot of change, since in Lima, October is the “purple month” with everybody celebrating the Lord of Miracles. They light candles and pray for change. Hope is being reborn in the city.
As Clemente searches for the mom, he has one of his clients act as the nanny. And wouldn’t you know it – he starts to develop some feelings for the little tyke.
There’s also counterfeit money floating around. That’s always interesting when you’re dealing with a person making loans (and apparently it was prevalent in Peru fairly recently).
These are all set ups that could’ve worked, but didn’t pan out. The 90 minute movie felt like it was three hours; never a good sign.
The poverty that’s shown in Lima worked nicely, although I wish the rest of the film did.
The Javier Bardem film Biutiful was better. Heck, I enjoyed Rod Steiger more in the mid-60s film The Pawnbroker, directed by Sidney Lumet, who recently passed away.
You’re better off renting either of those films.
This movie gets 1 star out of 5.