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Fine Powder

"Fine Powder" is a youthful exercise that unfolds a slight story in highly fragmented style, but with plenty of humor. Pic is not a commercial prospect by any standards, but could crop up at fests, especially those with Latin American segments. Central character is Thomas, a Jew who lives with his grandmother in an industrial suburb of a large city. His girlfriend, Ana, is pregnant, but Thomas has met a new girl, Alma, with whom he's started an affair, and he doesn't return Ana's calls. To earn money quickly, he makes contact with a drug dealer, but naturally things don't work out as well as he hoped.

With:
Thomas ..... Facundo Luengo Ana ..... Belen Blanco Alma ..... Marcela Guerty Abuela ..... Fanny Robman

Writer-director Esteban Sapir tells this slight story in an unconventional way, with tightly clipped scenes that are often repeated, and Godardian use of intertitles, the meaning of which isn’t always clear. A newspaper headline reporting an eclipse of the sun is frequently displayed, and there are plenty of visual jokes and puns to brighten up the proceedings.

The young actors are called upon to do very little, since the cutting is so complex that they rarely get an opportunity to complete a coherent scene. But somehow Sapir, who clearly has talent, pulls it all together and comes up with an intriguing, subtle exploration of the lives of his characters. The viewer is called upon to do a fair amount of work to sort it all out, however.

Technical credits are modest indeed, but in keeping with the on-the-run nature of this obviously inexpensive production.

Fine Powder

Argentine

Production: A 5600 Film. Produced, directed, written by Esteban Sapir.

Crew: Camera (B&W), Victor (Kino) Gonzalez; editors, Marcelo Dujo, Miguel Martin; music, Francisco Sicilia; production design, Cristina Tavano; sound, Gaby Kerpel; casting, Alejandra Martin; assistant director, Dolores Dris. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 23, 1997. Running time: 79 MIN.

With: Thomas ..... Facundo Luengo Ana ..... Belen Blanco Alma ..... Marcela Guerty Abuela ..... Fanny Robman

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