screened on Tuesday March 27th 2012
A fine example of a filmmaker’s engagement with his material, documaker Hermes Paralluelo’s debut feature, “Yatasto,” communes with an extended family that survives by recycling refuse on the fringes of the northern Argentine city of Cordoba. (…) Paralluelo, with his script and lensing partner Ezequiel Salinas, builds the film on sustained sequences in which his camera sits on the cart, gazing at the boys (or whomever is driving it), producing magnificent reverse tracking shots through Cordoba’s streets and boulevards. These aren’t merely elegant pieces of documentary filmmaking, but glimpses into what cinema seldom grasps: the real lives of the poor.
dir. Hermes Paralluelo
Argentina, 2011, 98′
Bebo, Ricardo and Pata live on the outskirts of the Argentine city of Córdoba, collecting cardboard for recycling in their battered horse-drawn cart. Hermes Paralluelo’s thoughtful documentary charts the boys’ day-to-day adventures as they go about their business, argue with their extended family, and share their dreams and aspirations. Many of the conversations are captured as the boys ride on the horse and cart through the city’s streets, the horse’s pattering offering a musical accompaniment to the ensuing action and a visual contrast to the reverse tracking shots through more affluent neighbourhoods that contrast with their sparse homes in Villa Urquiza. Ricardo cares nothing of school and dreams of being a jockey; his conscientious sister Dámaris wants to be a policewoman in the hope that she might be able to put a stop to their father’s drinking; and his grandmother Chinina reinforces the importance of hard work. The dialogue is often humorous and Paralluelo’s camera – always keeping a respectful distance – engagingly observes these tenacious teenagers at work and at play. (Maria Delgado)