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The Hours of the Day

Jaime Rosales directed this tense character study about a store owner named Abel (Alex Brendemühl), whose dutiful blandness masks some very dark impulses. His superficial decency is betrayed by an almost willful indifference to his girlfriend's distress about their crumbling relationship and his foundering business. This ominous detachment is nicely mirrored by Rosales's highly formal visual compositions, which often distance or obstruct the action. His craftsmanship and the performances are admirable, but it's frustrating to watch such talent in the service of yet another story about how modern ennui breeds evil. In Spanish with subtitles. 97 min.

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