The Lips -- Film Review
EmptyCANNES -- Almost a documentary, "The Lips" takes the viewer on a slow, measured journey into the outbacks of Argentina, areas of great poverty, where three women medics arrive on a government-sponsored health mission. Co-directors Santiago Loza and Ivan Fund show enormous respect for these selfless idealists and for the people unto whom they minister. But it's an exceedingly small film that will find little space outside festivals.
Uncommitted viewers may give up in the opening 15 minutes, which is basically a long overnight bus ride taken by three unknown female characters. They get off in the middle of a country road and are accompanied by a local man, Raul, to the abandoned hospital which is to be their home. The place is in ruins and flooded. No one utters a word of complaint.
Camera stays very, very close to faces, emphasizing their humanity, and by the end of the film you feel you know something about these women. Acting is as naturalistic as possible. Lorena Moriconi's discreet editing follows the same less-is-more strategy.
Venue: Festival de Cannes -- Un Certain Regard
Production companies: Morocha Films, Alta Definicion Argentina, Tres Sonido
Cast: Adela Sanchez, Eva Bianco, Victoria Raposo, Raul Lagger
Directors: Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
Screenwriters: Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
Producers: Ivan Eibuszyc, Santiago loza, Ivan Fund
Director of photography: Maria Laura Collasso
Production designer: Adrian Suarez
Costume designer: Adrian Suarez
Music: Ivan Fund, Lisandro Rodriguez
Editor: Lorena Moriconi
No rating, 104 minutes