Monday, February 16, 2009
Uruguay, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, 2008, 84 min
Director: Adrián Biniez
Cast: Horacio Camandulle, Leonor Svarcas, Néstor Guzzini, Federico García, Fabiana Charlo, Ernesto Liotti, Diego Artucio, Carlos Maria Lissardy
Screenings at the festival
Jara, who is 35, is a shy and lonely man who works in a suburb of Monte -
video as supermarket security guard. It’s his job to keep an eye on the security
cameras installed throughout the building. He doesn’t have a great deal
to do because he works the graveyard shift when the store is like a ghost
town. This gives him plenty of time to pursue his favourite pastimes: watching
videos, doing crossword puzzles or listening to music.
And so his life continues – until one day Julia enters his field of vision. Julia,
who is 25, works at the supermarket as a cleaner. Jara immediately feels a
strong attraction towards her.
At first he spends hour after hour in front of the security monitors watching
her work. But, before long, he begins to follow her after work: when she
goes to the cinema, to the beach and even when she meets another man.
His whole life gradually begins to revolve around Julia’s daily routine.
One day rumours begin to spread among the staff that the company
intends to lay off some of the workers. Some people are indeed made
redundant – one of them is Julia. Jara now has a difficult decision to make.
Should he drop his obsession? Or should he admit his feelings to Julia?