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The Towrope

Rated NR 88 minutes 2012

After a husband and wife are killed by rebel soldiers, their teenage daughter escapes to her uncle's cabin in a remote part of Colombia to begin a new life. That's about it in terms of plot—this debut feature by William Vega is largely an exercise in ambiguity for its own sake, indulging in slow, uneventful scenes whose meaning is deliberately unclear. The approach bears a superficial resemblance to recent breakthroughs by Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertes) and Cristi Puiu (Aurora), but Vega lacks their deep understanding of suspense and aberrant psychology; his long shots, however pretty, lack dramatic impact. In Spanish with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: William Vega

Cast: Floralba Achicanoy, Joghis Arias and Julio Roble

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