Monday, October 4, 2010

BOLIVIA

9th Spanish Film Festival
Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3




At first, I thought that this film was a documentary because it commenced with film clips of scenes with background noise and voices of people conversing with each other. Shot entirely in black and white, "Bolivia" is a stark glimpse into the life of Freddy, a Bolivian immigrant who works as a cook in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The only indication of the time frame of the movie is shown through a boxing match aired live on TV - the Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield fight.

It sparingly presents the discrimination he faces from his boss and the customers of the diner as well as the hardships he endures as an undocumented low wage earner in a foreign land. The setting is mostly in the small restaurant where a small group of regular clientele converge for their meals. A venue where they also usually discuss about their grievances. They talk about their miseries, woes, the growing number of immigrants and well basically anything under the sun.

The film is basically simple without any major conflicts to jar our minds. Yet the minimalist approach doesn't belittle the various adversities that immigrants (all over the world) face and are facing daily in their new 'home'.

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