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The Photographer

This 2002 screwball comedy by Chilean writer-director Sebastian Alarcon is meant as a whimsical treatise on the evolution of photography and its aesthetics, but there's an unfortunate disconnect between narrative conceit and execution. A tabloid photographer, on the hustle in Valparaiso in the early 60s, has high-minded ambitions for a groundbreaking fotonovela to feature an enchanting waif. Their relationship develops along with the technology, yet the characters don't seem to age with the arrival of television, digital photography, or cell phones, and the self-conscious sequences in black and white, with isolated color elements, do little to advance the theme. In Spanish with subtitles. 96 min.

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