Part of the In Transit: Border Crossing in Spanish Language Cinema Series
Sebastián Borensztein / Argentine / Spain / 98 min / 2012
Argentina's national treasure, Ricardo Darin, plays Roberto, a gruff-anti-social loner who lords over his tiny hardware shop in Buenos Aires with a meticulous sense of control and routine, barely allowing for the slightest of customer foibles. After a chance encounter with Jun, a Chinese man who has arrived in Argentina looking for his only living relative, Roberto takes him in. Their unusual cohabitation helps Roberto bring an end to his loneliness, but not without revealing to the impassive Jun that destiny's intersections are many and they can even divulge the film's surreal opening sequence: a brindled cow falling from the sky.
Sponsored by the Spanish Film Club. Co-sponsored by the Latina/o Studies Program.