Cuchillo de palo (108)
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Filmmaker Renate Costa fuses the personal and the political in this documentary which explores gay rights in Paraguay. As she was growing up, Costa's uncle Rodolfo was always the black sheep of the family -- he was the one who never married, who lived alone, who wanted to be a dancer rather than a laborer, and who wore clothes his brothers thought were inappropriate. It wasn't until Costa became an adult that she realized Rodolfo was gay, and when he was found dead in his home, she began to imagine how Paraguay's oppressive attitudes towards gays and lesbians had impacted him.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Patiently photographed by Carlos Vásquez, who bestows the same gentle attention on grainy snapshots and the beautifully ruined face of an aging drag queen, "108" peels back layers of delusion and dishonesty."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A landmark documentary on gay people that will become a classic like "Before Stonewall" or "The Celluloid Closet". At once a great family drama and detective story."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Costa's grainy footage looks amateurish at times-at one point, she runs out of battery and the screen goes dark-but her rule-breaking is bold."
‑ Lily Janiak, Village Voice
"This glowingly effective and intelligently low-key documentary manages to be both a stirring family drama and a valuable depiction of gay life and history in Paraguay."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Emotionally powerful and provocative."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Renate Costa's doc gradually simplifies into an elaborate seesaw between general, journalistic scoopery and unabashedly personal confrontation."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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