The Aerial (La Antena)
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Writer/director Esteban Sapir offers a cautionary tale of media control in this highly stylized thriller that draws on film noir and German Expressionism to tell the tale of a society that has literally lost its ability to speak after bowing to the constant barrage of broadcasts and products of the omnipresent Mr. TV (Alejandro Urdapilleta). It is year X in the City Without a Voice, and the only individual who retains the ability to convey her thoughts through speech is the mysterious Voice (Florencia Raggi). A faceless singer whose soothing songs are heard on one of Mr. TV's most popular… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characterisation is perhaps necessarily formulaic, but that doesn't make these paper-thin figures any more likeable, and despite its undoubted beauty the film eventually becomes something of a chore."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"This wonderfully original little film is filled with tacit menace and ominous symbolism; it's a work of curious and unsettling beauty."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"This left-field, futuristic film is a tad too indulgent to be a true homage to the silent movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Both less inventive and less substantial than it seems to think it is, this would-be epic suffers from the comparisons it prompts as it references a series of silent classics."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A hauntingly beautiful work: inventive, elegiac, gently surreal."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"A stylishly inventive play on silent-era movies that presses political buttons."
‑ Holly Grigg-Spall, Film4
"Reflexive, allegorical and poetic, La Antena (The Aerial) is a dizzyingly dense piece of cinema, thriving on paradox, and always matching its medium to its message."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The Tim Burtonish retro design and the blatant references to silent masterworks don't amount to a style; and even if they did, wouldn't make up for the kitsch story."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"In a word: Unmissable"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"otan apofasizei na soy eksigisei to oneiro toy poiiti, esy pithanotata tha 'heis arhisei na blepeis to diko soy"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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