Gentle pas de deux “A Summer Afternoon” marks a departure for Argentine vet Raul Perrone, whose work here could be mistaken for that of one of the country’s young, freewheeling talents. Shooting in vid and virtually sans dialogue (what there is is mainly in Japanese), Perrone crafts a simple tale of a Nippon photographer and an Argentine dude who crash their bikes into each other and find true love. Pic reps an unusual calling card for both Asian and Latin fests, but commercial dates look slim.
Reiko (Reiko Abe) lives in the burg of Ituzaingo with her widowed father (Yasunari Chinen), and photographs insects, then tries to sell the works to stores. She’s visually matched on her bike, through intercutting, with a nameless guy (Gabriel Mino), who bikes to his record store job. After they run into each other, his caring manner quietly attracts her, and it seems that their lonely existences are history. Fairy tale optimism is the rule, as are a deliberate pace and a drier-than-dry sense of humor just this side of Taiwanese helmer Tsai Ming-liang.