Gentle, unhurried portrait of a middle-aged man somewhat clumsily trying to make amends doesn't have quite enough meat on its bones to become a breakout arthouse hit, but might be a catch for fests and niche distribs.

A recovering alcoholic from Buenos Aires decides to go to photogenic Patagonia during shark season in “Gone Fishing,” from scribe-helmer Carlos Sorin (“Bombon: El Perro”). Wearily and convincingly embodied by character thesp Alejandro Awada, the protag indeed plans to cast a few lines, but he’s also angling for renewed contact with his estranged daughter, whom he knows lives somewhere in the area. Gentle, unhurried portrait of a middle-aged man somewhat clumsily trying to make amends doesn’t have quite enough meat on its bones to become a breakout arthouse hit, but might be a catch for fests and niche distribs.

Traveling salesman Marco (Awada) isn’t exactly a man of many words. An impromptu seafood dinner with some hipsters implies life may have passed him by, though the fact that he’s come all the way to Patagonia suggests otherwise. His few encounters with his grown-up daughter (Victoria Almeida) are beautifully played and observed, and Sorin’s use of space is as impressive indoors as it is out. Marco’s fishing trip while emotionally hungover is the pic’s highlight, and great use of sound enhances its impact. Editing rhythms allow this light tale to breathe.

Gone Fishing

Argentina

Production

A Wanda Vision (in Spain) release of a Kramer & Sigman Films, Guacamole Films presentation and production. (International sales: Celluloid Dreams, Paris.) Produced by Hugo Sigman, Carlos Sorin. Executive producers, Leticia Cristi, Matias Mosteirin. Directed, written by Carlos Sorin.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Julian Apezteguia; editor, Mohamed Rajid; music, Nicolas Sorin; costume designer, Ruth Fischerman; sound (Dolby Digital), Jose Luiz Dias. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (competing), Sept. 29, 2012. (Also in Toronto, Rio de Janeiro film festivals.) Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Alejandro Awada, Victoria Almeida, Diego Caballero, Ruben Patagonia, Daniel Keller.

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