For his feature film directorial debut, Julio Chavez he chose a story and a way of narrating it that combines -not intermingles, which would be something else and we would be talking about a mess- some theater and some documentary. There is a lot of shot and reverse shot, he lets the characters speak, he doesn’t cut or interrupt them. It does not denote the camera position. Film, cut another scene.
Also, let’s see: Javier, who plays Chávez himself, is in all the scenes, usually interviewing his mother Elena (Marilu Marini) with a fixed camera, or talking to her psychologist, her partner Darío or the owner of the gallery where she exhibits her works as a plastic artist.
The son-mother relationship is central in the film by and with Julio Chávez. Photos fine task
It is in that game of glances, of dialogues, of relationships with the other that we discover Javier’s intimacy, more than if he eats ice cream with his boyfriend or we hear him say that he likes pizza.
But the trunk, the core of when i look at her It is the mother-son relationship. Javier says that, for him, his mother “is a mystery.” Perhaps for this reason, or perhaps because Elena is already grown up and he does not want to miss out on knowing many things about her – that he does not know, or that the mother herself is about to forget – he sits her down in front of him in her house and records her.
Marilú Marini is Elena, who doesn’t mince words: “I used to masturbate as a girl and I still do,” she tells her son.
There are several interviews in which Elena, more than Javier, will undress her thoughts, and her past. But beware that Elena has no itching, no secrets and nothing is silent.
Just as he throws a “I lacked my mother’s affection”, he can affirm “What a fulero is silence” or directly -bah, it is supposed that after many years of keeping quiet- a “You never spoke to me about women (assuming from a good time that Javier is gay). What do you feel? I find it hard to digest…”
And in terms of revelations, did Javier’s father have sex with his grandmother?
duel of titans Chavez and Marini. The actor co-wrote the screenplay for his feature debut.
They are two generations of adults, but different. And just as Elena says that she “masturbated as a girl and I still do”, Javier will be much more withdrawn.
Being close is very good
It is clear that the son wants to get closer to his mother in this intimate film, without any fanfare. Chávez demonstrates that he cares about what is inside the frame more than the frame itself, and in his debut feature he counts in a more or less classic way.
Chávez, in an intimate film.
We are not going to discover now that both he and Marilú Marini are two great performers. The one that is the most “played” is Marini, and it is, as always, a spectacle to see her so relaxed and changing tonality in the same shot and scene.
At one point, one of the two is honest and tells the other “I’m afraid of you.” Nothing good could come from a relationship based on fear, but Chávez, except for the ending, which is disconcerting because of the unexpected and nothing else, moves with firm footing in his debut as a filmmaker.
“When I look at her”
Dramatic comedy. Argentina, 2022. 80′, SAM 13 R. Of: Julio Chavez. With: Julio Chavez, Marilu Marini, Silvia Kutika. Rooms: Hoyts Abasto, Cinemark Palermo, Cinépolis Avellaneda, Showcase Belgrano and Quilmes.
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