Ever Changing Waters
The line that begins Marcos Loayza's enchantingly lyrical and romantic film--"Nothing extraordinary happened, but I'd never have thought water would leave such traces in my being"--accurately describes the profound sensation that lingers after the closing credits. The story may seem far from complex: Manuel, an unassuming but fiercely intelligent Buenos Aires teenager, travels with his father to the countryside to visit his grandfather and falls in love with a local girl. But the characters are so expertly developed, the performances so engaging, and the emotions so palpable that even the familiar teen-romance and father-son-confrontation conventions seem fresh. Everything in this beautifully photographed Argentinian film--from Manuel's gorgeous rowboat excursions with his grandfather to his delicately rendered inner turmoil at discovering his father's apparent complicity in an oil company's mishandling of toxic waste--conveys a simple grace and a heartfelt concern for humanity and the environment that recalls the last few films of Akira Kurosawa. Water Tower, Wednesday, April 14, 6:00.
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