Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Duck Season

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Duck Season

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* Directed by Fernando Eimbcke * Starring Diego Catano * Warner Independent Pictures

Writer-director Fernando Eimbcke's strange and minimalist Mexican import Duck Season (Temporada de Patos) is also slyly and subtly queer. In a Mexico City apartment complex, 14-year-old best pals Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (the very likable Diego Catano) spend a typical weekend afternoon playing Xbox games, snacking, and getting up to minor mischief. But the pair is soon joined by a couple of guests. Sixteen-year-old neighbor Rita (Danny Perea) ingratiates her way into the kitchen to bake a cake. And after the building's power goes out and the bored boys order a pizza--with no intention of paying for it--a peeved deliveryman (Enrique Arreola) arrives and refuses to leave without his money. As the clock ticks, the four find unusual connections, revealing profound secrets and surprises.

Eimbcke has crafted a dry, avant-garde black-and-white comedy for which "deadpan" is barely an adequate description. The camera is usually locked down, capturing long takes of seemingly inane events--from the boys mindlessly manipulating their Xbox controls to a dripping faucet. …

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