UN AMOR SILENCIOSO (A SILENT LOVE) (Federico Hidalgo) Rating: NNN
Grown from its humble beginnings as a screening in a restaurant full of friends to a full 10 days at the Bloor, the Hispano-American Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from the Spanish and Latin American mainstream.
Un Amor Silencioso (A Silent Love) is a quiet, intelligently funny entry about the failure of good intentions.
Noël Burton plays a shy Montreal film professor who meets a restless, ambitious young Mexican woman (Vanessa Bauche, from Amores Perros) through an Internet mail-order bride service. She agrees to marry him on the condition that they take her mother (Susana Salazar) with them back to Montreal. The husband is baffled and deferential, the wife lonely and impatient and the mother-in-law gracious, attractive and deeply skeptical.
Everyone means well, but they can't communicate; as things gradually fall apart, director Federico Hidalgo leaves plenty of space for the actors to explore the subtleties of their characters' shifting expectations and alliances.
Dignified, thoughtful and believable. (Saturday, May 21 at 3 pm).