An irrisistible choice to bring back for one more summer…
Coco (Juan Villegas) is an amiable, slightly vacant middle-aged man
who has spent his entire life working in a Patagonian service station. When it
closes he finds himself out of work, unemployable and in a desperate fix. He
drives around the countryside, doing odd jobs. In a random act of kindness he is given a huge dog – a blank knuckle of muscle.
However, this brute of a mastif has an impeccable pedigree. The clueless Coco joins forces with a trainer – Walter. The unlikely trio hit the dog show circuit.
He is smitten and bitten and before long is travelling the country, making new friends. This odd, whimsical, delightful Argentinian film made in 2005 creates swathes of emotional resonance with the gentlest touch. Director Carlos Sorin has to do little more than point his camera at his actors to elicit humour, absurdity, pathos and insight into the plight of a man, whom until now, has never had a direction in life.
A life-affirming 97 minutes where nothing happens, except everything. Come for that and their lovely faces. Don’t miss.