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Winner of multiple international film festival awards, director Pablo Trapero's first feature uses non-actors in a tale that is by turns humorous and heartbreaking. This slice-of-life drama, told in a series of episodes, invites comparisons to the Neo-Realism of 1950s Italian cinema. At the center is Rulo, a one-time rock star and, now, our overweight, middle-aged, chain-smoking hero, trying to support his aging mother and musician son. As his efforts go increasingly awry, it is the love of family and friends that keeps him hopeful. Beautifully photographed in black and white and directed with a combination of aesthetic freshness and emotional subtlety, Crane World is a key work in the current resurgence of Argentine cinema. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Pablo Trapero---Argentina---1999---90 mins.