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The Wind

Director: Eduardo Mignogna

ARGENTINA-SPAIN • 2005 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 100 MIN.


A beautifully restrained, resonant family drama, director Eduardo Mignogna’s The Wind examines an ageing man’s attempt to find personal redemption. After his daughter’s death, Patagonian sheep farmer Frank (Federico Luppi) heads for Buenos Aires to find his granddaughter Alina (Antonella Costa). The ostensible reason for the trip is to tell Alina the bad news about her mother, but Frank also intends to reveal a secret he’s been carrying for 28 years about the identity of her father. His arrival throws the already confused Alina into further upheaval, and much of the film is devoted to detailing her complicated relationships with men. The always dependable Luppi plays Frank as a taciturn icon of old-world stoicism, and there’s strong support from Costa as the emotional Alina. Handheld camerawork is apt for a film that’s mostly built on moments of intimacy, while the use of high-grain film stock in the rural sections highlight the difference between city life and windswept Patagonia.

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