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Gigante (2010)

Horacio Camandule , Leonor Svarcas , Adrian Biniez  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Horacio Camandule, Leonor Svarcas, Fernando Alonso, Diego Artucio
  • Directors: Adrian Biniez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MQM4FE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gigante" on IMDb

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Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night Jara discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras and is immediately attracted to her. Night after night, he watches her on the cameras while she works. Soon he starts following her after work: to the cinema, the beach and even to a date with another man. Jara's life becomes a series of routines and rituals around Julia, but eventually he finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it.

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Impeccable[with] inherent charm. --Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

This unexpected romantic comedy combines sublime moments of tenderness and vulnerability with evocative reflections on dull jobs. Offbeat and original, GIGANTE, reflects on the possibility of change and hope despite modern-day tedium. --Diana Sanchez, Toronto International Film Festival

Gigantic Entertainment! --Melodic Ambience

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret admirer . . . June 10, 2010
Format:DVD
I loved this charming, funny film from Uruguay about a shy overweight guy who falls for a fellow employee on the night shift of the supermercado where he works in surveillance and she cleans floors. About all he can do is watch her on camera while she's at work and helplessly stalk her during the daylight hours. That she could possibly not notice his hulking presence wherever she goes requires some suspension of disbelief until you begin to realize that she knows he's there and is just waiting for him to work up the nerve to talk to her.

What makes the film work are the endless moments of dry humor and quirky surprises that keep you wondering how many different ways the writer-director can postpone their eventual meeting. A subtext of the movie is how the employees deal with the dreary boredom of their jobs and manage to show up day after day and get through their shifts. Gives new insight into what goes on at Wal-Mart after closing time. Couldn't be much different.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gigante Movie Review September 27, 2009
Format:DVD
Gigante (2009) is an eccentric film about the period of time before meeting the one you have fallen for. Calling it a love story would not do it justice; I call it a "pre-love" story, with drama and some comedy put in the mix. It is simple yet extremely well acted and directed movie that could have easily been uninteresting given the subject matter. The cast and crew pulled it off by making a truly memorable film.

Jara is in his mid 30's and loves hardcore rock and enjoys playing video games with his nephew. Always wearing a Biohazard or Motörhead t-shirt, black cargo pants, and army boots he walks the streets of Montevideo following Julia while trying to balance his interest in her while not being aggressive. Great music along with the sites and sounds of the city fill the void when little talking takes place.

He first saw Julia through the security cameras at a large grocery store where he is a guard and she works in the janitorial department cleaning up the store overnight. Unaware of Jara or his infatuation for her she goes about her days. Through his walks and persistent watching he learns more about her and finds things he made need to do to better himself to have a chance and a few things they could have in common.

Jara's life and job become at risk when his determination to know more about Julia come to a head. While watching her one night at work he sees her go with another man she has laughed with at work into an area of the store without cameras; he can not take not knowing! This sometimes scary but possibly sweet simple man must decide his next move. He has followed her to her house, cinema, internet cafe, and even on a date with another man (he follows the guy also).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but I didn't care for it. March 6, 2010
Format:DVD
(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!)

You ever see a movie that you know is really good, but it just left you pretty unimpressed? That's the situation I'm in with "Gigante". It's a good film, but I was mostly bored with it.

The story centers around Jara (Horacio Camandule), a lonely, 35 year-old man who works as a graveyard shift security guard at a grocery store, moonlights as a bouncer, lives with his sister and nephew and likes heavy metal music. He doesn't seem to ask a lot out of life and gets exactly what he asks for.

One night while working he spies Julia (Leonor Svarcas), a beautiful, 25 year-old cleaning woman who works the night shift in the same store he does. He falls in love, or at least something close to love, as he watches her. One night he even sees her steal something, and doesn't bother to report it. He desperately wants to ask her out, but, well, she's young and pretty and he's just not. So instead he begins a rather odd, stalker-like existence, trailing her all over Montevideo, and even shadowing her on a date. Clearly he doesn't mean her any harm; he just likes being near her and isn't sure how to deal with his feelings.

There's nothing wrong with this movie, really. It's ably directed by Argentinian director Adrian Biniez and features some wonderful acting by the two leads, especially Camandule. There's some wonderful moments of light comedy that I really liked, such as a scene where a cab driver's horn is honking repeatedly for no immediately obvious reason. Plus it was fascinating to see life in Uruguay, a place most Americans have never even heard of.

But something about it just seemed off to me. Maybe it was the pacing. It did seem to drag an awful lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
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I know that from the plot this sounds like a very weird film about a crazy obsessed stalker but - scout's honor - it's not! Well, kind of not. In any other circumstance, a metal-band-obsessed overweight big man following a woman he's never met around would seem like a crazy obsessed stalker, but Jara, played by Horacio Camandule, is more like a metal-band-obsessed overweight big guardian angel. He sweetly follows Julia (Leonor Svarcas) around because he wants to get to know her and make sure that she's alright no matter where she is, but he's too shy to actually introduce himself and talk to her. We see him follow her on a date and watch her flirt with other men, all the while still struggling to build the courage to talk. This story could not have been sweet were it not for wonderful acting, mostly on the part of Camandule, to be nervous and shy rather than malevolent and menacing. Realistic performances in an interesting story
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