Intimate Stories Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Sorin's deadpan and beguiling road-trip drama Intimate Stories makes use of the road itself as a major character. In vignettes of coincidence… Intimate Stories Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Sorin's deadpan and beguiling road-trip drama Intimate Stories makes use of the road itself as a major character. In vignettes of coincidence… 2005-03-04 PT94M Foreign Language Anibal Maldonado Javiera Bravo Maria Rosa Cianferoni Javier Lombardo New Yorker
Movie Review

Intimate Stories (2005)

Antonio Benedictis, Intimate Stories | FIDDLING ON THE ROOF Hit the road for a moving portrait of traveling strangers
FIDDLING ON THE ROOF Hit the road for a moving portrait of traveling strangers
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 04, 2005; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Anibal Maldonado; Distributor: New Yorker

Argentinean filmmaker Carlos Sorin's deadpan and beguiling road-trip drama Intimate Stories makes use of the road itself as a major character. In vignettes of coincidence and cooperation played out between Fitz Roy and the distant port of San Julián, the imposing physical presence of blacktop extends in an endless ribbon over the vast, extraordinary steppes of Southern Patagonia. But while this piquant, tapas-like movie (a 2003 film- festival favorite only now being released) asserts that landscape is a kind of destiny from which one cannot escape, Sorin takes delighted, serious interest in how far a person can advance psychologically, even if all roads lead back to a home at the end of the world.

In a persuasive demonstration of innate human dignity, all but two of the cast members are nonactors who enact their parts with easy naturalism. An old man with a guilty conscience hitches rides in search of his dog; a young provincial woman and her baby journey by bus to claim a prize on a TV game show; a traveling salesman frets about the perfect gift to impress a woman he fancies. Strangers meet, then move on. Paths cross, then unravel. Only the highway itself remains constant in Sorin's sweet, shaggy travelogue.

Originally posted Mar 02, 2005 Published in issue #810 Mar 11, 2005 Order article reprints