Adriana Johnson is professor of comparative literature at UC Irvine
Though this film . . . is said to be the first produced in Paraguay in decades, it has an artistic refinement and an emotional power that allow it to . . . vault to the front lines of world cinema.New Yorker
Ramón Del Rio, Georgina Genes,
Encina’s best known work to date, her first feature film is an experiment in the poetics of history. Set in a rural and remote area of Paraguay in 1935, at the end of the Chaco War fought between Paraguay and Bolivia, the film focuses on a couple that sit on their hammock, like Beckett characters, waiting: waiting for their son, waiting for the rain, waiting for the heat to subside, waiting for the dog to stop barking, waiting for things to get better. As they wait, their thoughts and conversations blur the distinctions between present and past, between presence and absence, between the still and the moving image.