Black Box (2002)

LUIS ORTEGA

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 , .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Beautifully simple film that recalls the work of Ermanno Olmi. A young girl (, 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.

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