SIDEWALLS (Medianeras in the original Spanish, and no, it's not about tires; the title refers to the walls of buildings on which various marketing messages are painted) -- the new Argentine movie (his first full-length) from Gustavo Taretto -- begins with a lovely, heartfelt critique of the architecture and the "look" of the city. While the speaker (our hero, Martin, a recovering phobic) is talking of Buenos Aires, he might well be referring to New York, Los Angeles, Madrid or even Paris. The faults he finds are epidemic and international.
Pilar López de Ayala, below, of late the airborne corpse in The Strange Case of Angelica), who's equally obsessed but about different things. She shows us her favorite book -- a kind of children's game caled Where's Wally -- and then frets at how she literally cannot find Wally in the particular spread in which he's walking through the city. (We found him quite readily; clearly Mariana has some sort of perception deficit, among other problems.)
Javier Drolas (below: imagine a combination of Eduardo Noriega and Daniel Hendler and you'll get some sense of Drolas' odd appeal) -- has been dumped by his girl (who moved to America but left him her dog to care for) and so has taken to his computer for everything from work to art to reading material and sex.
Claude Lelouch, for instance (And Now My Love) -- have done a similar things but provided a much richer background, more incident, and that missing, snowballing momentum.
Sundance Selects, opens this Wednesday, in New York at the IFC Center, followed soon by its VOD release (the web page currently says October 26, which would make it simultaneous with theatrical), and eventually onto DVD.