Adrián Caetano – Francia (2009)

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In this comedy-drama from writer and director Israel Adrian Caetano, Mariana (Milagros Caetano) is a ten-year-old girl who lives with her mother Cristina (Natalia Oreiro). Mariana’s father Carlos (Lautaro Delgado) divorced Cristina when Mariana was an infant, and while he occasionally looks in on his daughter, he’s not around much while Mariana has begun displaying some behavior problems — she fights with her classmates, cranks up her CD player rather than listen to her mom, and insists that people call her Gloria. Carlos unexpectedly comes back into the household, but not in a way that makes Cristina happy — Carlos is short on work and has nowhere to live after breaking up with his girlfriend, so he’s renting a room in the house. With her mom and dad reunited in a sense but frequently quarreling, now Mariana has even more to willfully ignore. Continue reading

Adrián Caetano – Crónica de una fuga aka Chronicle of an Escape (2006)

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The goalkeeper of a little-known soccer team is kidnapped by a Argentinean government squad and sent to a detention center. After months of torture, he plots his escape with three other young men.

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If American moviegoers have plenty of reasons to feel icky about government-sponsored kidnappings and hidden prisons, “Chronicle of an Escape” gives them another good one, by viewing a fact-based Argentinean story through the stylized lens of a horror film. Laced with dread that builds to a thoroughly gripping third act, it should do well with art house audiences who like their history lessons to come with a shot of adrenaline. Continue reading