100 minutes, Color
In Tierra del Fuego, Cecilia, a piano teacher, and her husband, Diego, a forestry contractor, are recent transplants from the city. There's a lot to get used to in this community reaching toward middle class but still rural at the edges. The couple learns that the adoption they have applied for has come through. With the arrival of 9-year-old Joel, all other concerns pale. How do you suddenly become a family? Shy at home, at school Joel spins engaging fantasies of drugs and gangs gleaned from living with his uncle. When word of his tales gets out, the other parents are not as friendly to the newcomers. Veteran writer-director Carlos Sorín is a master of this kind of focused drama unfolding as what we used to call a "problem film." The folds are so small, the "problem" is revealed to be a delicate weave of attitudes and assumptions. —Judy Bloch
In Spanish with English subtitles
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