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A supermarket security guard forms a powerful fixation on the pretty cleaning woman who scrubs the aisles during the graveyard shift in this deeply personal tale of obsession and voyeurism from first-time feature filmmaker Adrian Biniez. When the sun goes down, Jara (Horacio Camandule) clocks in to monitor the security cameras at a suburban Montevideo supermarket. The job can be pretty dull at times, so in order to keep himself occupied, Jara often passes the time watching videos, doing crossword puzzles, and playing music. One night, as Jara glances at the monitors, pretty cleaning woman… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As with the recent Chilean comedy The Maid, Gigante is a sharply acted piece that presents to the audience several forks in the road by which the main character could choose either to escalate matters, or not."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A spin on all the recent films utilizing video and found footage, this comedy from Uruguay has more than a few sweet, well-observed moments."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"This is a small film with a big heart, filled with quirky details and likable characters."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A quietly engrossing, refreshingly unconventional love story balanced with just the right amount of gentle humor, warmth and subtle charm."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Giddy guardian angel or sulking scary sicko? The director keeps audiences on their collective toes and guessing, for the continually surprising and deliciously quirky duration."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Going to the movies is, at some level, pure voyeurism -- if they involve people, that is. Transformers don't count. I admire films that consist only or in large part of watching."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An appealing, gently comedic prologue to a love story."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Engagement with this film requires patience and hinges on the performance of Camandule."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A laid-back drama that gives us a close encounter with a lonely man whose desire animates his life in a new and adventurous direction."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Gigante isn't a great movie, but it's likeably humble and scruffy around the edges."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"In his feature debut, Biniez could easily be setting in motion a familiar, suspenseful stalker thriller, but thankfully he is much more concerned with exploring the workings of the human heart with a touch of wistfulness and a dash of humor."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"With potentially lethargic materials, Biniez has made a quiet, intent, involving film, a moony-innocent urban alienation fairy tale of bashful ogre and village beauty--and it never quite crests."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Well-conceived but slight character study of a voyeur we could empathize with."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"makes a little frustration more than worthwhile."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
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