|TANTA AGUA (SO MUCH WATER) (director/writer: Ana Guevara/Leticia Jorge; cinematographer: Maria Jose Secco; editors: Yibran Assaud/Ana Guevara/Leticia Jorge; music: Maximiliano Angelieri; cast: Nestor Guzzini (Alberto), Malu Chouza (Lucia), Joaquin Castiglioni (Federico), Sofia Azambuya (Madelón), Pedro Duarte (Santiago), Andres Zunini (Diego), Romina Rocca (Receptionist), Valentino Muffolini (Miguel Ángel); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Fernando Epstein/Agustina Chiarino; Film Movement; 2013-Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
|"A poignant and
well-observed family drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
first-time feature film directors, the Uruguayan
writer-director team of Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge,
present a poignant and well-observed family drama
coming-of-age film. It's a film that intentionally
sets a mood of boredom until it reaches its climax and
then it fills in all the blanks the filmmakers
attribute to a postmodern family trying to find common
ground when together briefly for a parent/child
Montevideo father Alfredo (Nestor Guzzini)
takes his two children, the moody 14-year-old Lucia (Malu
Chouza) and the childish 10-year-old
Federico (Joaquin Castiglioni),
by car for a short holiday to a hot springs in Salto.
Due to the recent rains, everything is closed and the
bored kids as a last resort find other children their
age to play with at the resort while dad squeezes in a
fast fling with the resort receptionist (Romina
Rocca). The focus of the story is on the
boy conscious Lu, who meets a faster friend, Madelón
Azambuya), who attracts the hot boy
Duarte) she wanted to be with.
Santiago dumps his cousin Diego (Andres
Zunin) on Lu, while he romances the
girlfriend. The point of the film is how Lucia's
romantic misadventure and Federico's bike
accident, bring the loving father closer to his
estranged kids better than if everything was
It's a small movie, where little happens. But there's enough drama to keep you tuned into its humanistic and unpretentious family story.
REVIEWED ON 5/7/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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