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Special Mention - «Las ranas» by Edgardo Castro

Special Mention - «Las ranas» by Edgardo Castro

Barby lives in Greater Buenos Aires. In one of the film’s first scenes, we see her taking the Sarmiento train, and starting a not-very-successful journey selling socks on the street. We see her entering stores, offering the socks to passers-by, calling a cab driver a tightwad. Finally she stops at a small barbecue restaurant, where she orders a sausage sandwich and a Coke and sits down to eat it. It is a somewhat trivial sequence that perfectly defines the tone of the film. Edgardo Castro’s camera in his third film as a director—and the first where he doesn’t act—follows these characters closely but not at all intrusively, he makes us part of those moments with a naturalness that’s so accomplished that it makes it look like the most simple thing in the world. There is very little dialogue in the film, but lots of actions, and with those actions (as well as a few songs), Castro manages to depict a group of characters and their world remarkably. A film of enormous, almost elusive beauty.