From Afar | Chicago Reader

From Afar


A withdrawn middle-aged man (Alfredo Castro) picks up a young street thug (Luis Silva) for a voyeuristic sexual encounter, and the two end up in a complicated, doomed relationship. This debut feature by Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas—the first Latin American film to win the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival—is a quietly menacing look at two men who need to be wanted but are divided by age and class. Castro brings to his role the same contained anger and arrogance he used so effectively in Pablo Larraín's The Club (2015); Silva, in his first role, doesn't quite reach his character's core, but his impulsiveness offers a fine counterbalance to Castro's caginess. In Spanish with subtitles.

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