Mon 1 Aug 2005
Yesterday I finally went to see this movie – “Bombon. El Perro”. And as I suspected judging from the reviews and what friends said I loved it. It’s basically a very simple story of a few days of life of simple men and a dog. All this set in contemporary Argentine, an impoverished country in deep crisis despite modern scenery where those less fortunate really struggle to survive.
But, there is another layer to all of this. The whole movie is “dualistic” in this sense, that it is so simple yet is speaks of the most complex problems of normal lives. After all, characters just try to get through life seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, just like we all. A subtle sense of stoic melancholy with which smiling “Coco” Villegas faces everything life throws at him remains as a vivid memory from this movie.
One of the high points of this movie is its music. It’s very positive, yet at time melancholic and plays very well with the pictures. It’s also worth noting that main characters are played by non-professional actors who even appear under their own names.