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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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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.
There are elements of genuine concern for the well being of others,...such as the scene when he spots on camera,.... the older cleaning lady several times taking items(food & non-food).
Rather than report her for stealing,...he tells her in person,...
"a bit of rice or pasta ok,... but not this(head phones),...put it back".
For all he knew she may have been struggling to feed kids or other family members.
The ending was refreshing also....
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Only 2 stars for plot and acting but a fond 2 stars because it's a good character study film.Published 2 days ago by Sunfella "Jim"
I didn't see the whole show !!!
When I tried to finish it, you took it away!!
Not a bad movie, but it takes a long time to make its point. The fist pump in the shower scene had me rolling on the floor. The world truly is a small place.Published 3 months ago by Coldwater
Nice little story. Enjoyable and sprinkled drama, comedy at times.
Nothing earth-shattering, and certainly won't be for everyone - but hey, slow down and enjoy!
Horrible. Very bad quality film. We stopped it and decided for another film. You can tell it was filmed in a 3rd world country. Honesty really bad. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amaral
This is a great and slow paced movie with lots of detail and hidden messages. One of my favorites of all times because they barely talk, but the attitudes and expressions say so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by AQ
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