It is hot outside and July’s Largo selection is ripe with short romantic dramas that courageously expand on the weight of culture shadowing amorous relationships.
Argentinian Marcelo Mitnik’s In The Clouds is a semi-satirical take on the cultural differences, stereotypes, rituals and ‘learned romanticism’ that make or break a real romantic affair. A Gringo expat in Argentina is set to propose to his lover of 6 months and is hell bent on performing the antics we all have been exposed to in Hollywood movies – what has been regarded to be ‘right’ in the US – despite the cultural atmosphere he currently breathes in hints at a totally different and more ‘organic’ take on jumping over this particular threshold.
Obsessed with a spectrum of rituals such as buying and presenting a ring, reciting the lines about her being ‘the one’ with one knee on the floor – hence her both feet on the pedestal – he doesn’t ponder even for a minute to pour effort and resources to make everything right. With the not so enthusiastic help of his colleague, he succeeds in arranging the stage, only to be greeted and shocked by a more natural approach from his girlfriend, which is as alien, disappointing and hurtful to his ways.
With its dialogue-craft, very solid work on characters and alluring cinematography, In the Clouds is paced smoothly and remains story-wise captivating. It doesn’t only herald a talent but distinguishes itself with a rhythm of its own, while preserving a warmth and viewer-friendliness instead of dipping into quick-study exploits of technique or engaging in certain tours-de-force. A nice treatment of the human condition with all its subtleties, Mitnik’s skilled storytelling proves enough puissant to cater to both the silver and the white screen.
prepared by Mutlu Yetkin.