Jorge Gaggero, whose feature debut “Live-In Maid” generated offshore interest, delivers a charming, bittersweet slice-of-life docu with “Living in a Falcon,” a study of two men living in abandoned Ford Falcons in a Buenos Aires backstreet as a result of the Argentinean economic crisis. Sharply observed and edited film places a premium on compassion and uses the scalpel rather than the sledgehammer to make its point. Fest slots are likely before pic heads for the tube.
Skillfully whittled down from 80 hours of footage, docu charts several weeks in the lives of a former soldier, middle-aged Orlando, who spends his days criticizing his new neighbor Luis, a dapper looking fellow who needs tutoring in how to survive on the streets. Pic stands or falls on the two protags, and they are a gift, emerging as an almost Beckettian couple in the way they fuse comedy and bleakness through their wonderfully aimless conversations. Self-pity and sentimentality have been meticulously excised, leaving a final product that’s oddly affirming. One key background point not made is that Ford Falcons were used by the military during the ’70s to pick up political dissidents before killing them.