Fernando Eimbcke 2013
Mexico | Spanish with English subtitles | 82 minutes
Director Fernando Eimbcke and producer Christian Valdelièvre in person!
In his latest low-key, slow-burn comedy Fernando Eimbcke ventures into the fraught territory of puberty and separation anxiety, as he focuses on a teenage boy taking his first tentative (and furtive) steps into the uncharted waters of sex. Listless 15-year-old Héctor (Lucio Gimenez Cacho Goded) is on vacation with his thirtysomething single mother Paloma (Maria Renée Prudencia). Mother and son have the deserted off-season resort hotel to themselves until a couple arrive with their 16-year-old daughter, Jazmin (Danae Reynaud Romero). Jazmin sets her sights on Hector, but Mom has a way of interrupting them whenever things get interesting. The director’s deadpan comic style is grounded in a deliciously awkward use of silence and the unspoken, punctuated by occasional exchanges about nothing in particular. In Club Sandwich, Eimbcke uses his precise timing and composition to demonstrate that less can still sometimes be more.
Travel support generously provided byThe Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.
Series: NYFF51: Emerging Artists
Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Francesca Beale Theater