Chilean Cinema 2014 #15: ¿Qué historia es esta y cuál es su final? (2013)

Which story is this and how does it end?

(Chile 2013 50m) Village Recoleta

p Paulina Ferretti, Patricio Muñoz d/w/ed José Luis Torres Leiva c Guillermo González

This is a repost of a 2013 review, reposted because of its theatrical release in Chile.

This documentary, made for TV yet presented for the first time as a feature film documentary in the retrospective of the famed chilean director Ignacio Agüero, is simple in its approach, yet it manages to cast deep emotions and feelings, as well as a sense of ouvre that complies with the ones told by the director himself while revisiting his films, and by the way in which the director chooses the subjects and things in which to stop the camera at. The houses in which Agüero lived when he was making the film seems to be an obsession not only from Agüero himself, as he bases the changes of his life and the memory of the films he made through that, when a house was being reconstructed as he made his film about the demolition of houses, or how his film about how to search for the idea of a film was made around the time where he got separated and was looking for a new life. Accompanied by his latest collaborator, he goes through pictures, anecdotes and we see snippets of the documentaries that he has directed in the past. Here we see in images and through his voice his way of seeing and doing documentaries: chronicling the time of a space, of a place in the time-space and its moments, here he tell us how he has made movies about his own house (‘El otro día’ (2012) ) and ships that go empty across the ocean (‘El sueño del hielo’ (1993) película con la cual se presentó este documental), and that’s the same thing that Torres Leiva does with the space given for the documentary and the situation presented here: one space, Agüero’s house, as friendly and memorable conversations go around the table, noticing the changes in the time-space but not of the place itself, but of the characters, who are transported thanks to their conversations and the pictures that are coming out of the crate that was the gimmick chosen by the director.

8/10

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