The South ★★★★★

Argentine cinema seems to have always been one of the most inventive and vivid cinemas of the world so it's no surprise why it continues to produce the most interesting films even today. The South is ambitious project that captures a country and its people in-between, trying to overcome the trauma of dictatorship and find life again. It seems that only with will, can one find strength to continue living, to forgive, to understand the things that one cannot change. Solanas captures this ghostly state with sweeping camera movements that explore the quiet streets empty of life but full of the memories of the past, on a night that man named Floreal gets out of the prison at the end of military dictatorship in 1983. Past shows itself as more real than the present gifted with physical freedom as Solanas cuts to the events that led to the imprisonment and the years in imprisonment as well while sowing magical realism to the present of the night. We rarely get close to these characters, there's always something that separates them whether it is the length between camera and them or bars and windows of the prison. The reality is fragmented but it must be faced. This is a film for anyone trying to look hope in the impossible reality that must be faced.