Things the Way They Are

Rated NR 90 minutes 2012

This resourceful low-budget drama from Chile begins as a gentle character study of a wealthy, emotionally repressed man who becomes infatuated with the sexy exchange student in his apartment building. Writer-director Fernando Lavanderos seems to be heading into Eric Rohmer territory, making wry observations about the leisure class and the mating rituals of educated young people. Before the movie can settle into a familiar groove, though, he introduces the possibility that it might turn into a psychological thriller. The filmmaking never feels programmatic; Lavanderos realizes the characters so well that their behavior seems plausible even when it defies expectation, and his portrait of contemporary Santiago is pretty immersive too. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Director: Fernando Montero

Producer: Macarena Cardone, Matias Cardone and Macarena Concha

Cast: Cristóbal Palma, Ragni Skogsrod, Isaac Arriagada and Will Danger-Porter

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