On the Line

Rated NR 76 minutes 2013

In this Ecuadoran drama, a single mother spends a chaotic afternoon juggling myriad work and personal responsibilities while her 13-year-old son faces expulsion from school after acting up one too many times. Shot in real time amid the busy streets of Guayaquil, the film features some nice handheld-camera work that heightens the action and alleviates the triviality of the plotting. The protagonist spends most of the film on her cell phone, hustling from place to place while barking orders at her assistant; each time she accomplishes a task, it seems, another falls into her lap, which leaves her son to ponder his fate. David Nieto Wenzell directed this pleasant if ordinary tale about the dangers of putting work before everything else. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Director: David Wenzell

Cast: Anahí Hoeneisen and Nicolás Andrade

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