Taxi, an Encounter

The fragmented narrative of this 2001 Argentinean feature is highly derivative of the French New Wave, but director Gabriela David has studied her sources well. A young carjacker (Diego Peretti) steals a cab and drives around town, killing time until he can turn the vehicle over to a chop shop the next morning. Fate leads him to a young girl who's been shot in the shoulder (Josefina Viton), and their furtive attempts at bonding play out against a noirish landscape of urban isolation. David, making her feature debut, nicely understates her notions of heroism and moral choice, though she has trouble locating the dramatic thrust of her story until the final act, when the two characters confront each other. In Spanish with subtitles. 93 min.

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