Uruguay

Beatriz Flores Silva – En la puta vida AKA In This Tricky Life (2001)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa moves out of her mother’s house with her two children and breaks up with Garcia, her boss and lover who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married. So, in the space of twenty-four hours, Elisa finds herself without a roof over her head, without a man, without a job and without money. Her best friend Loulou finds her a job – in the brothel run by Dona Jacqueline. And without really being aware of it, Elisa slides into prostitution, which leads her to Barcelona. She falls in love, she is exploited, she gets involved in transvestite gang wars, and meanwhile just dreams of earning enough money for her little beauty salon back home. Read More »

Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll – 25 Watts [+extras] (2001)

This film has been called the “Uruguayan ‘Slacker’”, a reference to Linklater’s movie. It has also been called a landmark film in a (low-key, small-scale) renaissance in Uruguayan cinema – a national cinema with a terrible memory problem (“El Dirigible”, from 1994, was routinely cited as “the first Uruguayan film”, which is very false, but understandable when one sees how little movies that country has managed to preserve).

Whatever its place in film history, it’s worth a watch, and rings very much true. Read More »

Manolo Nieto – La perrera AKA The Dog Pound (2006)

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Desperate and without luck, 25 year old David has failed as an exam and has lost the scholarship that kept him in the city. To gain it back he has to pass an exam that will take place in a year. To kill time, study for the exam and gain his independence back, David starts to live in La Pedrera, a little seaside town where he will have to build his own home during winter. It will be a year plagued with difficulties, surrounded by people that don’t want to work, ex girlfriends, hippies and books… Read More »

César Charlone & Enrique Fernández – El Baño del Papa AKA The Pope’s Toilet (2007)

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It’s 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all–he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone. Read More »

Sebastián Bednarik & Andrés Varela – Maracaná (2014)

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Synopsis: On July 16th, 1950, in Maracana Stadium, eleven men, eleven uruguayans, won against all possible predictions the FIFA World Cup final against the host country, Brazil. This accomplishment would shape the social and political life of both countries forever. Read More »