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Special: Nicolas Pereda

Together

 

Director_ Nicolas PEREDA
 
Mexico, Canada 2009 73min DV color feature
Review

Films are conceived as one thing, and can end up being something else entirely. Nicolas Pereda first considered that Together would be a small “transitional” film from his debut, Where Are Their Stories?, to his next project. However, the work took on its own force and momentum, as becomes quickly apparent when watching what must surely rank as one of the most thoroughly realized second features made by a young filmmaker in recent years. Pereda’s regular lead Gabino Rodriguez returns as Gabino, in a fit over the sudden disappearance of his beloved dog, Junto. His buddy, crashing overnight in his Mexico City apartment, apparently left the front door open that allowed Junto to dash outside. Gabino’s vigil for his pet becomes an obsession, but other aspects of life intrude on even this crisis: The freezer in his refrigerator has stopped working, while the hot water in his faucet is inexplicably scalding. Then, something worse: Gabino’s girlfriend Luisa is feeling further and further apart from him, and a simple dinnertime scene turns into a mini-drama of sustained, unspoken emotions. Together is a central film in this young filmmaker’s already extensive filmography, for it both reinforces the impressions of a true cineaste created by his first feature and demonstrates his range: Unlike the solitudes of Where Are Their Stories?, Together drops the viewer into a group situation played out in a typical Mexico City apartment setting, but which then expands in its unexpected final sequence to a verdant countryside where the dog may have wandered. The characters, once so large and central on screen, are dwarfed by a natural world that seems to swallow them up in rivers of grass and walls of trees. The impact of Antonioni’s L’avventura?when Pereda selects his reference points, he selects only the best?is eventually felt on the film’s fabric and emotional tensions, particularly in the sublime arrangement of bodies and space and in the way that the issue of a disappearance of a loved one is replaced by the immediate concerns directly within eye’s view. It’s this cinematic directness, in the context of a physical relationship with the world, which perhaps defines Pereda’s cinema most dramatically. (Robert Koehler)

CREDIT
  • DirectorNicolas Pereda
  • ScreenplayNicolas Pereda
  • ProducerNicolas Pereda
  • CinematographyAlejandro Coronado
  • EditorNicolas Pereda
  • SoundNicolas Pereda
  • Art DirectorNicolas Pereda
CastGabino Rodriguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Barreiro
DIRECTOR
Nicolás PEREDA
 
Born in 1982, Mexico. He makes fiction, documentary and hybrid films. He often collaborates with the theater collective Lagartijas tiradas al sol. He has received 30 international awards.
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