From Afar (Desde allá) 4.0 stars

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Middle-aged dental technician Armando (Alfredo Castro) desired no physical contact with the impoverished straight boys he took home until the night 17-year-old Elder (Luis Silva) beat the feathers off the chicken hawk. True to its title, writer-director Lorenzo Vigas’s use of contrasting focal lengths says more about Armando’s detached outlook on humanity than the nominal dialogue provided. We mock the things we are to be. Elder (Silva) starts out by addressing his daddy figure as “faggot” only to have the invective thrown back in his face once news of his rough trade romance reaches friends and family. Expeditiously edited to proffer just enough information needed to advance to the next scene, this is the first I’ve seen Castro apart from his sterling collaborations with Pablo Larrain (Tony Manero, Post Mortem, No). His performance here further advances his standing as contemporary cinema’s gray little nothing of an answer to the Everyman. In Spanish with English subtitles. 2015.

Scott Marks

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