In the hills of the Venezuelan Andes, Tomas Alonzo, a widowed farmer, and his son Santiago live silently side by side and dream of seeing the faraway ocean. Outside their world, they suffer from the cruelty of their neighbours and Don Homero, the landowner for whom Tomas works, until an act of desperate violence separates them both. The courageous intervention of Sebastian, a foreign drifting photographer, will enable them to reunite once again in their dreams.
The film explores the rough life of the inhabitants of the Andes, along with their customs and rituals. It demonstrates how violence springs up from difficult living conditions and exploitation. Tomas may be a simple man who is attached to his land and to the small events he shares with his son, but he is proud as well, though fate forbids him to choose between crime and cowardice. Pride, courage, silnce and solitude are the themes of this film. Faces say more than words and gestures are rare, as if to express the essence of feelings. Beyond the tragedy, dreams of a mythical ocean and photography that captures and preserves the images of loved ones give this film a poetic dimension, enhanced by subtle and touching directing skills.

Venezuela 2001
Regie: Alberto Arvelo
93 min, 35mm, Farbe, spanische OmU
Glauber Rocha Award, La Habana 2001; Publikumspreis, Fribourg 2002; Publikumspreis, Huelva 2001

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