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A Summer Afternoon

"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. Perrone crafts a simple tale of a Nippon photographer and an Argentine dude who crash their bikes into each other and find true love.

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With: Rieko Abe, Gabriel Mino, Yasunari Chinen, Hugo Hadad.

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.

A Summer Afternoon

Argentina

Production: A Las Ganas Que Te Deseo/El Taller production. Produced by Susana Badano. Directed, written by Raul Perrone.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Fabian Bianco, Lorna Santiago; editor, Santiago; music, Alejandro Seoane. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, April 17, 2006. Japanese, Spanish dialogue. Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Rieko Abe, Gabriel Mino, Yasunari Chinen, Hugo Hadad.

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