Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: Caja Negra
Argentina, 2002. Villa Vicio. Screenplay by Luis Ortega. Cinematography by Luis Ortega. Produced by Miriam Bendjula, Mariano ‘Chino’ Fernandez. Music by Leandro Chiappe. Costume Design by Dolores Fonzi. Film Editing by Cesar Custodio.
Beautifully simple film that recalls the work of Ermanno Olmi. A young girl (Dolores Fonzi, who is phenomenal) lives in Buenos Aires, working a day job as a laundress and taking care of her aging, fairly senile grandmother.
Across town, her ailing father has been released from prison and is living in a Salvation Army halfway house.
The events that unfold have a documentary-like natural quality that at first appears too simple to be captivating but eventually reveals deep emotional resonance. Not for all tastes, but those who stick with it will be rewarded.