Plan B -- the funny, quirky and very unusual bro-mance from Argentine filmmaker Marco Berger -- have been eagerly awaiting the chance to see this movie-maker's follow-up film, ABSENT. (Cinco, the movie Berger made between these two has been seen in and is available nowhere, it seems, except Argentina.) Both films take their time enthralling us and arriving at their destinations, but Absent, just out on DVD, is quite another kettle of fish. In it, Berger manages once again to upend our expectations. (These expectations are not helped by the fact that Netflix insists on calling the film a "thriller" that's both suspenseful and scary -- when it is anything but.)
Carlos Echevarría, below, right), and student, Martín (Javier De Pietro, below, left), and both actors are extraordinarily centered and in the moment.
director works on a small scale, keeping everything from character to event in that correct scale. He uses silence as well as he does dialog. And his finale -- which combines past with pre-sent, actions taken with those suppres-sed -- manages to be extraor-dinarily moving and pointed, without jerking a tear.
Absent, from TLA Releasing, is available now for sale, rental or streaming.