La Ventana (The Window)
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Bombón -- El Perro director Carlos Sorin writes and directs this nostalgic meditation on memory, aging, and death concerning a bedridden 80-year-old father anticipating the arrival of his long-estranged son, a world-renowned concert pianist. Antonio (Antonio Larreta) is nearing the end of his days, though before he goes, he longs for one last visit with the son he hasn't seen in years. In order to ensure that everything is perfect for their long-overdue reunion, Antonio asks his caretakers to make his hacienda presentable, hires a piano tuner to ensure that the instrument is in working… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"A slight, subtle character sketch, structured and paced like a particularly fine short story."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Portentous dreams infiltrate the Argentine director Carlos Sorn's film The Window."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A character portrait that's sharply restrained and tightly constructed."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Sorin's nihilism is a matter of taste, but his claim that this movie bears any resemblance to Wild Strawberries is frankly disingenuous."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Dialogue and plot are sparse, but such contrivances are unimportant when the acting is superb and the pastoral cinematography, by Julian Apezteguia, is breathtaking."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The Window is not without a certain visual spell that makes it a first-rate artistic achievement."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"In The Window a last hurrah presents itself without any big bangs or catharsis."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"deals with the light and not the shadows, and with an airy leisure and humor that belies the melancholy and foretold destiny of a dying old man."
‑ Paul Brenner,
"This rather trite visualization is made all the more banal by comparison with the many ravishing images Sorin and cinematographer Julián Apezteguia capture in the movie proper."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"As his staff prepares for his son's arrival and the piano tuner fills the hacienda with splintered notes, the limited stimulus sparks Antonio's memories, his final hours playing out like delicate, melancholic poetry."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Lyrical and quietly moving with lush cinematography and a sensitive, intelligent screenplay."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Memorably makes the enigma of domesticity its main character."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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