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The Window (2008) (DVD) (*)

Original Title: La ventana
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Toronto International Film Festival
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )

Product Origin/Format:
Spain ( PAL/Region 2 )

Running Time:
72 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Anamorphic Widescreen
Interactive Menu
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 2008 and produced in:
Argentina ( Latin America, Mexico )
Spain ( Spain, Portugal )

Directed By:
Carlos Sorin

Written By:
Carlos Sorin

Antonio Larreta ..... Antonio
María del Carmen Jiménez ..... María del Carmen
Emilse Roldán ..... Emilse
Roberto Rovira ..... Afinador
Jorge Díez ..... Pablo
Carla Peterson ..... Claudia
Alberto Ledesma
Luis Luque
Arturo Goetz
Marina Glezer
Noemí Frenkel
Victoria Herrera
Carlos Kadlek
Maximiliano Priorielo
Leopoldo Ruiz

Carlos Sorin writes and directs this nostalgic meditation on memory, aging, and death concerning a bedridden 80-year-old father anticipating the arrival of his long-estranged son, a world-renowned concert pianist. Antonio (Antonio Larreta) is nearing the end of his days, though before he goes, he longs for one last visit with the son he hasn't seen in years. In order to ensure that everything is perfect for their long-overdue reunion, Antonio asks his caretakers to make his hacienda presentable, hires a piano tuner to ensure that the instrument is in working order, and calls for a 40-year-old bottle of champagne to be brought up from the cellar for a special toast. Later, as Antonio watches preparations for the reunion being made from his window, he becomes overwhelmed by feelings of nostalgia and wistfulness. His doctor has ordered him to remain in bed at all costs, but as the beauty of Patagonia beckons him to rise, Antonio slips by his faithful caretakers for one last walk through his lavish fields.

Starting and ending with a childhood dream which vividly brings back memories which ailing Don Antonio (Laretta) had completely repressed, Sorin's camera follows his protagonist as he slips in and out of consciousness. He throws his weight around with the staff; he requests a piano tuner to come and fix the instrument in the living room in honour of his pianist son who he expects to visit later; he also gets ready to celebrate the rare visit with a vintage bottle of wine he asks to be brought up from the cellar. At a certain point, even though he has an IV drip, he gets up, opens the windows, notices the glorious day outside and decides to go for a walk. A few minutes later, exhausted, he drops unconscious in the middle of a field. When his son finally arrives, at the end of the day, he is back in bed, barely capable of raising a glass of stale champagne which he isn't allowed to taste, as his life ebbs away.

This may well be the smallest, most intimate and personal film that Carlos Sorin has yet made. Taking place over the course of one day, mostly inside a remote country house, The Window painstakingly maps out the last hours in the life of an octogenarian writer. Confined to bed under doctor's orders due to a heart complaint, he is gently nursed by two devoted women. Sorin's loving care and attention to detail is evident throughout the picture, which will endear The Window to critics and more mature viewing audiences, but the nature of the subject and the deliberately slow pace of the proceedings may severely restrict commercial prospects.
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