La Libertad


Time Out says

So low-key as to come across as a kind of real-time sociological documentary, this uses long, slow, uneventful takes to chart a day in the life of a woodcutter who spends most of his time working alone in the Argentinian countryside. So we see him select and chop down trees, empty his bowels, listen to the radio, drive the staves to a buyer, drive back, and finally kill, roast and eat an armadillo(!). Certainly, there's an integrity to the film, and it's fascinating to watch someone so at home with nature, so isolated from people; but whether there's any deeper purpose to Alonso's austere methods than just showing how its subject lives is unclear.

By: GA


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