Duck Season The tender and droll Mexican charmer Duck Season captures the stalled rhythms of a lazy Sunday shared by pals, a time of idleness in which… Duck Season The tender and droll Mexican charmer Duck Season captures the stalled rhythms of a lazy Sunday shared by pals, a time of idleness in which… 2006-03-10 Unrated PT85M Drama Foreign Language Diego Catano Daniel Miranda Enrique Arreola Warner Independent Pictures
Movie Review

Duck Season (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Diego Catano, Daniel Miranda, ... | DAZED AND CONFUSED How I Spent My Lazy Sunday , by two Mexican teenagers
DAZED AND CONFUSED How I Spent My Lazy Sunday, by two Mexican teenagers
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 10, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 85 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Diego Catano and Daniel Miranda; Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

The tender and droll Mexican charmer Duck Season captures the stalled rhythms of a lazy Sunday shared by pals, a time of idleness in which pleasure gets tangled with melancholy. Pizza is the sustenance of choice for 14-year-old buddies Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (Diego Cataño), the better to fuel their parent-free afternoon of indolence and Xbox in the unremarkable Mexico City apartment where Flama lives with his mother while his parents fight through a divorce. And before the inconsequential yet unforgettable day turns to night, a prickly pizza delivery guy (Enrique Arreola) and a restless teenage neighbor girl (Danny Perea) join the cocoon.

Sometimes the building's power goes out. Always, the scenes — shot in black and white, with plenty of space for the evocative music of the Mexican power-pop trio Liquits — cut to black, as if to induce a quick catnap. A feature debut for writer-director Fernando Eimbcke, Duck Season unfolds with a slaphappy logic that only looks casual. In fact, every unfinished conversation and banal picture on the wall (one's of ducks) matters as four little people share one memorable little day.

Originally posted Mar 08, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints
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