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MOVIE REVIEW: Octubre (October)

Jury Prize winner at Cannes

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  • Bruno Odar as Clemente in "Octubre."
  • A scene from "Octubre."
  • A scene from "Octubre."
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I with this film was done by Jim Jarmusch. He’s a good filmmaker that is often overrated by critics.But, Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega made this movie, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, although feels Jarmuschesque.It’s in Spanish, but has English subtitles.

Clemente is a guy that doesn’t care about anybody but himself – and a heavy-set hooker he frequents.When a baby is left in his house, things change.

There’s going to be a lot more change, since in Lima, October is the “purple month” when everybody celebrates the Lord of Miracles. They light candles and pray for change. Hope is being reborn in the city.

As Clemente searches for the mother of the baby, he has one of his clients act as the nanny. And, wouldn’t you know it – he starts to develop some feelings for the little tyke.

There’s also counterfeit money floating around. That’s always interesting when you’re dealing with a person making loans (and apparently it was prevalent in Peru fairly recently).

These are all setups that could’ve worked, but didn’t pan out.The poverty that’s shown in Lima worked nicely, although I wish the rest of the movie did.The 90-minute movie felt like it was three hours -- never a good sign.

You’re better off renting a different film.

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