Thursday, July 1, 2010

Heddy Honigmann

Oblivion (El Olvido) by Heddy Honigmann (2008) introduces a cinematic metaphor right at the start: the politics and society of Peru as a mixed-up cocktail, specifically the Pisco Sour ("the national cocktail of Peru"). This drink is concocted in a luscious process sequence in which an urbane bartender shakes together fresh lime juice, Pisco, cane syrup, ice and egg whites. (I didn't even want to wait for the bitters to be dashed on top to book my flight to Lima and sample one of these.) The rest of the movie is a masterpiece of observational character study within a larger portrayal of government incompetence and widespread poverty.
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