Movie: The Watercolorist


  From Perú, a new film by director Daniel Ró:

"T, a clerk, wishes to fulfill his grand dream of painting a watercolor but is thwarted by his neighbors, for whom T’s dream seems trifle, something impractical, even immoral and who of course have a much better idea of how T must spend his time…"

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4 thoughts on “Movie: The Watercolorist

  1. Pass. My wife and I and two friends saw it last night at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and we all agreed that it was awful, unless you enjoy watching emotionally stupid people being cruel to each other while listening to an atonal, punishing musical score. I’m not saying that all movies have to be “uplifting” or have a positive message. But they’ve got to tell a compelling story. Here, the story is whether the protagonist will manage to finish his “masterpiece” amidst the neighbors from hell. It turns out to be a pretty good decorative piece that might run in a magazine, so the story doesn’t even deliver on its premise.
    Very disappointing.
    Santa Barbara, CA

  2. We also saw “El Acuarelista” at the SB Film Fest and thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe because I’m a watercolorist, or maybe because we like quirky Latin American films, but we both found it very entertaining…even the music.

  3. We saw this Wednesday evening, el 11 de noviembre.
    We were totally engaged by this film, by the music, and the accomplished band sometimes quirky actors. We understand that the actors were mostly Peruvian, except for a principal female who is Chilean. An unseen actor, except for his hands, was an accomplished Peruvian watercolorist whose hands substituted for those of the principal actor while painting.
    The well-matched music was a mostly original score by a couple of very young (20 & 21 years) New York musicians.
    For me, it was necessary to bear with the absurdist nature of the difficulties encountered by the painter, not for me Kafkaesque, but none-the-less in the nature of the theater of the absurd as I recall it from the early sixties. The type demands a little of our patience, but to realize the story well, I believe that it is appropriate.

    I don’t think that this is a film for those who habituate the lines for such trash as we’d find attached to most of our best-known actors and actresses. If you like the films of Tom Cruise, for example, go watch those, and skip this, for you won’t get it.

    I wish this screenwriter-filmmaker the best of success if he can continue to invest as much of himself in his new efforts as in this film, yet not write an autobiography. Our own life experiences inform our creative processes profoundly, and that worked this time, I think. I’ll be very interested to see how it works in his current project.

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